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C02 and Erbium Yag Laser Skin Resurfacing - Calgary 

What is a Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment?

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A Co2 or Erbium Yag laser treatment can accomplish more for skin rejuvenation than any other single treatment within the aesthetics industry.  CO2 fractional skin resurfacing creates new collagen and delivers a dramatic improvement in wrinkles, lip lines, textural irregularities, and pigmentation issues simultaneously - all in a single treatment! CO2 is the Gold Standard in laser skin resurfacing and Skinpossible utilizes the Gold Standard among CO2 lasers by Lumenis. Skinpossible Lumenis Acupulse CO2 laser is a precision tool that allows us to tailor treatments to the very specific needs of each individual patient. We also have Erbium Yag from Fotona which can treat safely the darker skin types.


A single fractional laser treatment can safely and effectively

  • Minimize wrinkles & fine lines
  • Soften deep lines & wrinkles
  • Remove sun damage & aged spots
  • Improve acne and other scars
  • Stimulate collagen to tighten skin
  • Reduce textural irregularities
  • Minimize pore size


How Does a CO2 or Erbium Yag Treatment Work?

During a CO2 treatment, thousands of very narrow perforations are created in the skin utilizing a very narrow laser microbeam about the width of a human hair. The laser scans one small area at a time and delivers heat so quickly that the tissue is literally vaporized to remove columns of tissue deep into the layers of skin. This initiates the body’s natural wound-healing response which heals the surrounding zone of the affected skin by creating new collagen. Within a period of five days post-treatment the damaged skin exfoliates and a new layer of skin develops to reveal a smoother, healthier, clearer complexion. Over the next few months, a new collagen foundation develops to further improve skin texture and tone, tighten the skin and pull out lines and wrinkles. CO2 offers all of these benefits in a single treatment, with minimal downtime!  Deeper wrinkles (particularly those around the mouth) and acne scars may require additional treatment(s).


What Does a CO2 or Erbium Yag Treatment Feel Like?

A topical anesthetic will be applied to the treatment areas and in some cases, medications may be administered to assure your comfort during the treatment.

During the procedure, you will feel a warm sensation as the laser is applied to each of many small scanned areas measuring about ½ cm in width. Each scan will take approximately two seconds to administer and the total treatment time will vary from 15 minutes to 90 minutes depending on the size of the treatment area. After the treatment cold compresses will be applied and your skin will appear slightly red. Your skin may feel quite hot for an hour or two and a sensation similar to that of a sunburn may last for a few days. Some inflammation is also to be expected.

You should be able to resume normal activities within 3-5 days post-treatment as any residual pinkness can be covered up with makeup. Erythema usually resolves within 14 days post-treatment but you can expect to see continued improvement in the skin for up to six months following the procedure as collagen is remodeled.



 Deep FX 

Thousands of microscopic perforations are delivered into the skin, each about the width of a human hair.  The laser scans one small area at a time and distributes heat so quickly that the tissue is literally vaporized to remove columns of debris.  This initiates the body’s natural wound-healing response which stimulates the surrounding zone of affected skin to create new collagen. Within a period of 4-7 days post-treatment, the damaged skin exfoliates and a new layer of skin reveals a smoother, healthier, clearer complexion.  Over the next few months, as the new collagen foundation develops, the skin texture and tone continue to improve to tighten the skin and smooth out lines and wrinkles.




Active FX

This treatment is more superficial but allows us to deliver a greater number of fractionated columns. It offers the same resurfacing benefits as deep resurfacing but to a lesser degree.  The superficial nature of Active FX allows us to treat the skin on the neck and chest and go right up to the eyelashes with the use of intraocular shields.  For people with only minor textural irregularities, it is an excellent option that is less invasive.  An added benefit of Active FX is that it can literally peel off sun damage. It doesn’t just fade the sun damage as phototherapy does.  It gets it off!




Total FX

Deep FX can be combined with Active FX to compound the benefits of both treatments. Treatments are customized based on the condition of the skin on various areas of the face, neck or chest.  We can treat more aggressively with deep perforations where lines and wrinkles are more pronounced and cause more peeling where necessary to remove darker spots of sun damage.  



Skinpossible’s C02 laser is a Lumenis AcuPulse, the Gold Standard of C02 lasers. Lumenis has great versatility allowing us to fully customize your treatment.  It also has the shortest pulse duration of any C02 laser which enhances your safety and comfort, lowers the risk of side effects, and speeds up your recovery.  Results vary from person to person depending on each individual’s healing response.  Deeper wrinkles (particularly those around the mouth), thick solar lentigines, and acne scars may require additional treatments.


*The satisfaction rating for this treatment is very high but results do vary from person to person. While we can control the technology and the parameters we set, it is beyond our ability to control how any individual will respond to any treatment. 


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