As one of the most advanced Fractionated CO2 resurfacing lasers, the CO2RE laser allows for a fully customizable and individualized treatment. It can effectively treat wrinkles and facial lines, sun-damaged skin, and unsightly age spots.

CO2RE laser is a treatment that uses heat from carbon dioxide to resurface the skin. It is a heat stamp that uses small beams of light to penetrate the skin. These small beams improve the top layer of skin and promote collagen growth in the lower layers of skin. It does all this while sparing some of the skin cells to allow for faster recovery without the complications of older generation CO2 lasers.

Benefits of fractionated CO2 laser resurfacing include:

  • Can be done in-office with topical numbing and minimal pain
  • Can be done in about 30 minutes
  • Short recovery with makeup being worn  7 days after the procedure

The CO2 laser can often be used in combination with a facelift for optimal results. Often wrinkles on the face are deep and stubborn.Although a properly performed facelift can help smooth some wrinkles out by removing excess skin, it will not eliminate deeper wrinkles. In this situation, Dr. Balikian often recommends a CO2 laser resurfacing at the same time as surgery. Through this heat stamp, the top layer of skin will be resurfaced, and the deeper layers will be contracted. Collagen formation will begin, and the deepest wrinkles will be improved.

Just like refurbishing a damaged piece of furniture with medium sandpaper, the overall result will look better, but the deepest dings will remain to some extent.


Good candidates for treatments using the CO2RE fractional CO2 laser include clients who want effective and safe solutions to their cosmetic skin issues. Having realistic expectations is vital. If you have any skin injuries or illnesses, these must be discussed during your consultation.


When clients come in for their CO2RE consultation, they will need to answer questions regarding their cosmetic goals. They will also discuss their complete medical history, including all past treatments, pre-existing medical conditions, current medications and supplements, and any allergies.

Details about the CO2RE treatment will be provided to ensure that clients are prepared for it. Clients will learn about the required preparation steps and will receive aftercare directions. Clients can take this opportunity to voice any concerns that they may have regarding the treatment.


Following the CO2RE fractional laser treatment, clients can return to their regular activities right away.

Clients are advised to apply proper sunscreen (SPF 30+) to the treated areas and to avoid sun exposure. This is important because the skin tissues will be temporarily weakened during the recovery process and will thus be more prone to sun damage.

Clients should also avoid using any harsh cosmetic products for a few days during recovery and should instead use gentle cleansers.

Richard V. Balikian, MD, FACS

Double Board-Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon
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Dr. Balikian is an experienced, double board-certified, facial plastic surgeon. He is double board-certified both in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as Head and Neck Surgery. Dr. Balikian belongs to a very select group of elite cosmetic surgeons with at least six years of specialized surgical training exclusively in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery of the face and neck.

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How much does Co2re Fractional Co2 Cost?

The cost of a Co2re Fractional Co2 will depend on several factors. The price can be affected by body type, type of technique performed, surgical complications, and even allergies. Find out more by scheduling a consultation.

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