CO2 laser resurfacing has become the “gold standard” for laser skin rejuvenation. There are many new laser techniques that claim to have more rapid recovery, but in general they also seem to have less efficacy than the standard CO2 laser resurfacing. The equipment has become more advanced with computer-controlled patterns which cause less skin irritation and provide more rapid treatment. In general the principle is that the aged and damaged skin surface is removed in a very controlled and precise way with minimal trauma to the underlying tissues. The laser effects on the underlying dermis is that there is slight tightening and improvement in the thickness and support of the skin. After treatment a mask like dressing is applied which protects the skin during the initial healing phase. There may be redness of the skin that lasts several months, but this can be easily covered with makeup. Dr. Rodney Green will discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure if this would be of benefit to you.