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CO2 Laser Durham NC

CO2 lasers are now available in Durham for skin resurfacing. The CO2 laser has been specifically designed to treat crow's feet around the eyes, fine lines around the mouth, acne scars and traumatic scars.

Bressler Garrett S MD
(919) 489-1373
Durham, NC
 
John M Soderberg, MD
(919) 684-6973
Box 3643 DUMC,
Durham, NC
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Sarah Ann Myers, MD
(919) 684-6185
Po Box 3852,
Durham, NC
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1989

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Neil Stuart Prose, MD
(919) 684-5146
Po Box 5252,
Durham, NC
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1975

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Frank Kern, MD
(919) 681-3551
P O Box 3094,
Durham, NC
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: Hospital Of The Univ Of Penn, Philadelphia, Pa
Group Practice: Delaware Valley Dermatology

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Kelly C Nelson
(919) 684-8111
1000 Trent Dr
Durham, NC
Specialty
Dermatology

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Sheldon Richard Pinnell, MD
(919) 684-5337
Box 3135,
Durham, NC
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1963

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Robert William Walters
(919) 684-8111
2100 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC
Specialty
Dermatology

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Craig Stephen Heinly, MD
(919) 684-3110
Box 3822 Dumc
Durham, NC
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1999

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Priya Venkatesan, MD
(919) 684-6973
Box 3643 DUMC,
Durham, NC
Specialties
Dermatology
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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CO2 Laser

CO2 lasers are now available for skin resurfacing. The CO2 laser has been specifically designed to treat:

- crow's feet around the eyes

- fine lines around the mouth

- acne scars

- traumatic scars

The CO2 laser emits a beam of light which generates energy; this heat energy removes the top layers of the skin around the skin line or wrinkle. Depending on the line or wrinkle, the duration and frequency of laser treatment may vary from 2-4 treatments.

The C02 laser has been claimed to be permanent but this is not true. The results of the CO2 last anywhere from 2-5 years. As aging continues, the wrinkles and fine lines do return.

All individuals who undergo the C02 laser must stop using Accutane or Retinoids at least 2-4 weeks prior to the procedure. In addition, sun tanning should be avoided at least 4 weeks before having the procedure.

Those individuals who have had prior attacks of herpetic infections should take acyclovir at least 4-5 days before the procedure.

The CO2 laser is painful and most individuals do require some type of topical anesthetic to numb the area. For those who are having a full facial resurfacing, a general anesthetic may be required

After the CO2 laser treatment, the most common side effects include:

- redness

- swelling

- pain

- dryness

- itching

These side effects usually subside in 48 hours.

A topical ointment is then applied onto the raw skin for the next few days. Following this, a moisturizing cream should be applied to prevent skin dryness

Once the skin has started to heal; one may resume normal activities (2-7 days). However, when going out, sunscreens are highly recommended



Complications
of the CO2 laser include:

- Skin discoloration. In dark skinned individuals, the CO2 laser may cause darkening of the skin which may last anywhere from 3-6 months. In some cases, this maybe permanent.

- Other individuals may develop lightening of the skin. This is rare but unfortunately can be permanent

- Scarring usually occurs when the CO2 laser is used for long periods or when the laser is used to treat infected skin. Individuals who scratch or traumatize the skin after the laser treatment are also prone to scarring.

- In dark skinned individuals, keloids can occur and are hard to get rid off

No matter what type of laser is used to treat wrinkles, the results of treatment are variable. At best, most individual will see a 50-70 % improvement in their facial features. Multiple treatments are required to maintain even this modest benefit.

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