Craig Mezrow MS, MD, FACS

What is Laser Resurfacing?

Deep wrinkles, acne scarring and sun damaged can be improved with CO2 laser resurfacing, which is the strongest, most aggressive form of laser treatment for wrinkles.


Consulting with Dr. Mezrow:

During the consultation, Dr. Mezrow will ask you about your particular concerns regarding your skin. This will help determine your expectations and determine whether they can be realistically achieved.

After obtaining a comprehensive medical and surgical history, Dr. Mezrow will examine your skin. The skin color and degree of wrinkles will be assessed.


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Who is a candidate?

A candidate for CO2 laser resurfacing will typically have deep facial wrinkles, acne scarring and uneven pigmentation. The deep wrinkles may involve the entire face or regions such as around the mouth or under the eyes.

How long does the procedure take?

A full-face CO2 laser resurfacing takes approximately 1 hour to perform whereas smaller regions take less than 1 hour to perform. After cleansing the region to be treated, protective shields are placed over your eyes and under local anesthesia or general anesthesia laser resurfacing is performed. Following the CO2 laser resurfacing, petroleum jelly is applied generously over the region treated to facilitate healing for approximately one week.

CO2 laser resurfacing is performed on an outpatient basis. You may be permitted to go home after recovery.



What are the potential complications?

Fortunately, significant complications from CO2 laser resurfacing are infrequent, however, all surgery has risks. Dr. Mezrow will discuss with you, the risks, benefits and alternatives and answer all your questions
Some potential complications include infection, scarring, delayed healing and skin color changes (abnormal pigmentation).

What kind of medications will be given to me?

Typically, local anesthesia is used for resurfacing of small regions such as the lower eyelids whereas full face resurfacing requires general anesthesia. When surgery is completed, you will be taken into a recovery area where you will continue to be closely monitored. Petroleum ointment will be applied to the regions treated.


When can I return to work?

Typically, you may return to work in approximately one week.

How long is the healing process?

During the healing process, there will be slight swelling and the skin will typically be bright red-pink and slowly fade over time.

It is imperative to avoid sun exposure for approximately one week during the healing process and then once the skin has healed it is essential to wear sunscreen. During your follow-up appointments with Dr. Mezrow, you will be instructed when to discontinue the petroleum ointment (approximately 7-10 days), transition to moisturizer, sunscreen and make-up.

CO2 laser resurfacing will improve deep facial wrinkles, acne scarring and decrease sun-damaged skin obtaining a more refreshed, and younger skin appearance. It is not uncommon to be more confident about your appearance. Healing from your surgery is a process that takes time for final result. You will be instructed to return to Dr. Mezrow’s office for follow-up care at prescribed intervals to monitor your progress and optimize your outcome.

The effects of CO2 laser resurfacing are long lasting and should last for many years.

If you have any questions or concerns prior to surgery or during your recovery, you should contact Dr. Mezrow.

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