The recovery for most patients after eCO2 laser treatment ranges from one to two weeks.
First phase: Upon completion of the treatment, patients typically feel some discomfort in the treated area. Your skin will be swollen and red and may ooze serous fluid. These conditions last for the first two to three days.
Second phase: Over days three and four, the redness fades and the skin starts to feel tight and dry. It may begin to peel. At this stage, you can resume wearing makeup.
Third phase: In the final stage of recovery, the peeling finishes. Redness can persist and your skin may feel a little sensitive, but you can resume most activities. Complete recovery is expected within seven to 10 days.
Light, superficial laser treatments require minimal to no downtime. Expect a longer recovery period if the treatment is more aggressive for deeper scars and wrinkles. Your doctor will discuss recovery expectations with you during your consultation. The treatment settings can be tailored to your tolerance of downtime.
Here we have the documentation of the recovery process following high-density laseMD Ultra and low-density CO2 laser. Before, day 1 post-treatment, day 7 post-treatment and 6 weeks post-treatment.