Consultation With Dr. Sessa
A consultation with Dr. Sessa is an opportunity to get all of your questions answered, find out if you are a candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing, and receive a price quote. To begin, Dr. Sessa will want to know your goals for treatment and medical history. After gaining this knowledge, he will examine the treatment area to determine if CO2 laser resurfacing will adequately treat your concerns and meet your goals.
Finishing up the physical exam, Dr. Sessa will determine if you are a viable candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing in Sarasota. He will also explain the results you can expect following treatment. Before leaving, you will receive a price quote for your procedure(s) and financing information.
The Surgical Laser Resurfacing Procedure
On the day of your procedure, you will come to the Sarasota Surgical Arts surgical facility where our staff will greet you and begin the check in process. Next, after you are checked in and cleared for surgery, a licensed anesthesia provider will administer your chosen form of anesthesia.
Once the anesthesia takes effect, Dr. Sessa will begin the procedure. If you are also having another procedure such as a facelift, Dr. Sessa will likely perform it first. If not, he will begin the laser resurfacing right away.
Dr. Sessa will glide the laser across your face or treatment area. He may adjust the settings or focus on certain areas depending on the specifics of the procedure. Otherwise, the laser will remove layers of skin to promote brighter, healthier skin.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing Recovery
When you come to your Sarasota CO2 laser resurfacing procedure, you will have bandages covering the treatment area. You will likely not experience too much pain for a few hours as the anesthesia wears off. After a brief period of observation, Dr. Sessa will clear you to go home and release you to your caregiver.
Dr. Sessa will provide instructions on how to properly care for your skin following the procedure. After the anesthesia wears off, you may feel some pain comparable to a bad sunburn. You may also notice some bleeding immediately after, but this should subside within a day or so once the scabs form.
CO2 laser procedures can require a few days to two weeks of social downtime. It depends on your healing process and the aggressiveness of treatment. Therefore, Dr. Sessa will provide individualized instructions based on your CO2 laser treatment. Normally, after two weeks, any residual side effects are healed enough to be covered with makeup safely and effectively.