WHAT IS SECRET™ PRO CO2 LASER GENTLE PEEL

A CO2 non-ablative laser treatment that safely and effectively improves your skin tone and texture by gently resurfacing a thin outer layer of your skin. It  helps promote healthy skin and provides results for many common skin concerns, including; uneven skin tone and texture and overall complexion quality.

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WHO IS A CANDIDATE?

Secret Pro CO2 Laser Gentle Peel is safe and effective on patients with fair to medium skin tones.

WHAT ARE THE CONTRAINDICATIONS?

  • Pregnancy

  • Cardiac pacemakers or implantable medical devices

  • Undergoing treatments for skin cancer or having a history of cancer

HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR TREATMENT?

  • Do not wear makeup on the day of treatment

  • Excess hair may need to be shaved. Men should shave within 24-48 hrs of treatment

  • Avoid direct, prolonged (more than 20 min) sun exposure, including tanning beds, sprays and lotions, etc; using SPF 30 or higher daily, for 4 weeks prior to treatment

  • Discontinue use of exfoliants and topicals with active ingredients such as: anti-aging and anti-acne products including Retin A, Tretinoin, acids and hydroquinone 3 days prior to treatment

  • If you have a history of cold sores, consider beginning prophylactic treatment with Valtrex or similar antiviral no later than the day before treatment.

WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT DURING AND AFTER TREATMENT?

  • During the treatment, your provider will move the laser over the treatment area to create thousands of superficial microscopic perforations while leaving the surrounding tissue untouched. This has a warm, static-y sensation. As the perforations heal, new cells appear, leaving your skin with a healthier and refreshed appearance.

  • The procedure usually lasts 15 to 30 minutes.

  • Immediately after the treatment, your skin will be pink, feel warm, and sensitive to touch. The warming sensation subsides over 2-3 hrs.

  • For 24-48 hours post treatment, your skin will take on a rough, fine grit sandpaper like sensation, but will NOT peel,  as the microscopic perforations begin to scab and slough off. The exfoliation process typically lasts 3-4 days.

WHAT ARE THE AFTERCARE INSTRUCTIONS?

  • Do not wash your face or apply topicals (other than moisturizer) or make up on the day of treatment. Wiping with a warm washcloth is OK.

  • Starting the day after treatment, use gentle face wash, pat dry (do not rub) the skin gently twice a day

  • For first 72 hrs apply post treatment healing cream and gentle moisturizer morning and night

  • DO NOT forcibly exfoliate the skin. Let crusting naturally exfoliates/slough off

  • For 2-3 days avoid excessive heat: strenuous exercise, sweating, hot tubs or saunas

  • You can resume your regular skin care regimen 5-7 days after treatment (once all the crusting has sloughed off) and reintroduce actives such as retinoids, acids and hydroquinone.

  • Avoid sun exposure and use a broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen to prevent further sun damage

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

  • Most patients will need 3-6 treatments spaced 4 weeks apart. Your provider will create an ideal treatment plan customized for you, depending on your skin concerns.

  • After the exfoliation process is complete, you should see immediate changes in your skin’s tone and texture that progressively improves after each treatment.