CO2 laser resurfacing is a highly effective procedure that brightens, smooths and rejuvenates the skin. At The Med Spa at Matthews Internal Medicine, we provide top-of-the-line resurfacing treatments using the SmartXide Tetra CO2 laser with CoolPeel. This versatile device from DEKA offers both a traditional strength and milder CoolPeel setting, which requires virtually no social downtime. If you’re in the Matthews, NC or greater Charlotte area, book a consultation to discover how CO2 resurfacing treatments can dramatically improve the look and feel of your skin!
CO2 Laser Resurfacing at The Med Spa at MIM
CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser resurfacing directs intense infrared light to the outer layers of your skin. This procedure stimulates collagen and elastin production, reducing visible signs of aging, sun damage and other skin concerns.
The SmartXide Tetra CO2 laser with CoolPeel is highly customizable; we control the laser output to deliver higher energy where needed and to address your skin’s unique needs. Treatment can be performed at two settings: the gentle but effective CoolPeel, or the powerful Tetra.
CoolPeel is currently the only treatment on the market to provide the benefits of CO2 laser resurfacing with no downtime.
As the gentler of the SmartXide laser’s two settings, CoolPeel reaches just the epidermis, the uppermost layer of skin, and targets a small percentage of the face, leaving areas of untreated skin in between. It also uses a very short pulse of light which reduces heat buildup in the skin and results in less damage. This technique promotes rapid healing and eliminates the lengthy downtime associated with traditional CO2 laser resurfacing.
Over several treatments scheduled 1 month apart, we will treat your entire face for a gradual but total rejuvenation. CoolPeel treatments can be performed on the face, neck, chest and anywhere else on the body, as needed.
At the stronger Tetra setting, we can achieve a more dramatic resurfacing of the skin. A single Tetra session is roughly equivalent to 3 or 4 CoolPeel sessions. Because the Tetra CO2 laser reaches the dermis, it does involve a lengthier recovery process of 1 to 2 weeks. Tetra treatments can be performed on the face, neck or chest.
Why Choose Us for CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
At The Med Spa, we’re proud to provide top-notch services using next-generation technology. All our CoolPeel treatments are performed by a licensed aesthetician, while Tetra treatments are performed by Dr. Eugene Sangmuah or Dr. Eliza Sangmuah.
At your one-on-one consultation, we’ll discuss all your skin goals and needs. We’re located at the Matthews Internal Medicine clinic, a trusted primary care and internal medicine provider in the greater Charlotte area.
Before and After Photos
Please note the patients featured in these images may have undergone additional cosmetic treatments to enhance the effects of their CO2 laser treatments. This photo gallery does not guarantee that everyone who undergoes the procedure will obtain these or similar results.
Am I a Good Candidate for CO2 Laser Resurfacing?
Almost anyone in good health can be a candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing. Our patients typically are struggling with:
- Acne scars
- Dullness of the skin
- Enlarged pores
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Skin laxity (looseness)
- Skin tags
- Sun damage
- Uneven pigmentation
- Uneven texture
However, if you have darker skin or recently had a lot of sun exposure, you might not be a good candidate for CO2 resurfacing. The best way to determine your eligibility is to book a consultation with a member of our team.
What to Expect During a CO2 Laser Resurfacing Session
At your initial consultation, you and a member of our team will discuss your skin goals and decide on the best course of treatment. On the day of your session, you should arrive with a freshly washed face. For a Tetra session, we will apply a numbing cream to the treatment area; no numbing is necessary for CoolPeel.
Recovery and Results
Recovery from a CoolPeel session is quick. You’ll experience redness similar to a mild sunburn for a day or two, but you won’t be prevented from going about your day as usual.
You’ll start seeing changes in your skin after about 10 days; the full results can take 3–6 months as your skin continues to heal and produce new collagen.
Recovery from a Tetra session takes approximately 1 week. You’ll experience redness, swelling, oozing and scabbing as your damaged skin peels away and replenishes itself. Although nothing prevents you from going about your daily activities during this period, many patients choose to take a week off work or work from home.
Related and Alternative Treatments
A popular add-on to a CoolPeel session is RF microneedling. While the CoolPeel targets the outermost layers of skin, RF microneedling sends radio frequency energy deep into the dermis, triggering collagen and elastin production to tighten and tone.
Book a Consultation
Smoother, younger-looking skin can be yours – without surgery or extensive downtime. Discover how CO2 laser resurfacing with Tetra CoolPeel can rejuvenate your skin by booking a consultation at The Med Spa at MIM. We’re proud to serve patients in the Matthews, Indian Trail, Stallings, Mint Hill, Monroe and greater Charlotte area.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing FAQ
How do I care for my skin post treatment?
After a CoolPeel laser session, your skin may feel dry and scaly. Apply moisturizer regularly and a sunscreen of at least 30 SPF as your skin heals. We also recommend avoiding prolonged sun exposure and intense workouts that cause heavy sweating during the first week post treatment.
After a Tetra session, we’ll provide you with a detailed plan to ensure your recovery goes as smoothly as possible. Follow all guidelines from Dr. Eugene Sangmuah or Dr. Eliza Sangmuah and don’t use any skin care products beyond those you’re instructed to use. As with the CoolPeel, it’s important to keep your skin thoroughly hydrated for the 1- to 2-week healing process.
How many sessions will I need?
The number of sessions you’ll need depends on your skin goals and how intense each treatment is. On average, we treat our CoolPeel patients 4 times over 4 months. Tetra patients usually only require 1 treatment.
How long does a session take?
A CoolPeel full-face treatment takes between 5 and 20 minutes; Tetra treatments may take up to 1 hour.
Is CoolPeel painful?
The CoolPeel laser is quite gentle and doesn’t require any anesthesia or localized numbing. However, Tetra does require a numbing cream before treatment. If you experience pain afterward, you may take acetaminophen or ibuprofen.