Are You Awake During CO2 Laser Resurfacing Surgery?
Most laser resurfacing procedures use non-ablative lasers and do not require intravenous anesthesia or sedation. However, CO2 laser resurfacing uses an ablative laser and thus is considered surgical. So, are you awake during CO2 laser resurfacing surgery?
In many cases, yes, Dr. Santos can perform CO2 laser resurfacing without full sedation. However, you will still be placed under local anesthesia and potentially a light sedative. Therefore, you will likely not be fully aware and feel little to no discomfort during the procedure. It is also common to combine ablative laser resurfacing with a procedure such as a facelift.
Beyond these small differences, a CO2 laser resurfacing treatment is treated like a traditional surgery. You will still require a caregiver and recovery. Though, since you do not require general anesthesia or full sedation, it often makes your recovery shorter and easier.