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CO2 Laser Resurfacing

Replace damaged skin with a bright, fresh complexion with CO2 Laser Resurfacing treatments at Physician Skin Solutions in Glendale, AZ!

How Does CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Work? 

The goal of CO2 fractional laser skin resurfacing is to replace damaged skin with new, fresh skin. These procedures are performed in a single treatment with minimal downtime, generally 7 days depending on the level or depth of the treatment. With “fractional” laser treatment only a fraction of the skin’s surface is treated, leaving small “bridges” of untouched skin, allowing for more rapid healing of the skin.

There are 3 categories of treatments, each of which can be customized with varying levels and degrees of penetration and strength to achieve the desired result.


Active FX: 

  • Active FX delivers marked improvements in fine lines, wrinkles and will address sun damage. It improves skin tone and texture while stimulating new collagen formation, helping to tighten and plump the skin. Because of the increased intensity, Active FX CO2 laser resurfacing requires 7 days of social downtime.
  • Max FX is a deeper treatment for more severe skin damage and deeper lines and wrinkles. You will experience more collagen contraction and better results with Max FX and subsequently experience 7 days of social downtime.


Deep FX:

Deep FX is conducted with a specialized handpiece with a laser beam that is smaller and penetrates deeper into the dermis. Deep FX is used for deeper lines, wrinkles, and acne scarring and results in more collagen production, skin tightening and overall texture improvement. The smaller laser can also be used to treat smaller areas that are heavily lined, such as the eye or lip.


Total FX:

Total FX combines the Active FX with the Deep FX to remove sun damage, brown spots, fine lines as well as addressing the deeper dermis for wrinkles, scars and skin tightening.

While this laser skin tightening treatment provides the most advanced technology and the best results available, there is a need for social downtime. Depending on the depth of the laser, this could be 7-14 days. Your medical provider will discuss your options and develop the depth of peel most appropriate for your skin concerns. Other body parts may be treated as well to diminish the crêpe appearance of the skin on the inner arms and front thighs and knees. May also soften and tighten stretch marks.

There is some downtime with traditional laser skin resurfacing treatments (usually about seven days). 

Am I A Good Candidate For CO2 Laser Resurfacing? 

You’re a good candidate for these treatments if you have mild to moderate signs of sun damage, aging, hyperpigmentation, uneven skin tone, and more.

How Long Does A Typical Treatment Take? 

A typical CO2 laser resurfacing treatment takes about 45 minutes to perform.

What Results Will I See?* 

Results include:

  • Brighter, more radiant skin.
  • Reduction in hyperpigmentation.
  • Improvement in scarring.
  • Clearer and smoother skin.
  • And more.

Is There Any Downtime? 

There is some downtime with traditional laser skin resurfacing treatments (usually about four to seven days). 

To accommodate patients who can’t take 5-7 days of recovery time, Physician Skin Solutions has developed CO2 treatments that will provide great results but with minimal downtime. This treatment requires little to no downtime and provides excellent results. It is recommended to do a series of treatments to achieve the dramatic results that the more aggressive CO2 treatments provide but without the downtime.

  • Buff & Shine: refines texture, increases collagen production, and leaves your skin glowing. When done in a series of treatments, it is perfect for addressing more serious issues with your skin. As a one-time treatment, it is a great refresher before a big event.  It is especially popular around the eyes. 


The Buff & Shine utilizes the “Deep” handpiece from the DEEP FX and Total FX CO2 treatments. This handpiece has the smallest spot or laser treatment size at only .12mm. Our board-certified Registered Nurses set the energy/intensity at the lowest level and will not overlap the laser on the skin surface. This minimizes the trauma to the skin and the required healing time. Some patients appeared dry and had slight swelling and redness for a day or two.

If you have always wanted to have a CO2 treatment done but didn’t want to commit to the downtime or if you didn’t think you had time before that big event, these are the treatments for you.

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Physician Skin Solutions has been a premier cosmetic destination for clients in the Glendale, AZ, area for over 15 years. Founder and owner Dr. Maltais – is consistently named in Top Doctors and Top 500 Allergan lists – is excited to help you find the right solution for your needs.

Schedule a consultation today by filling out the form on this page or by calling our office directly at 1-602-843-4040.

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Physician Skin Solutions at Arrowhead

Take the First Step. Physician Skin Solutions has been a premier cosmetic destination for clients in the valley for almost 15 years.  Founder and Medical Director, Dr. Maltais, is committed to offering the newest, safest, and most result-oriented procedures and devices available in Aesthetic Medicine today.  Our Laser and Injectable staff are of the most experienced in the business- together we will find the right solutions for your face and body needs.  Simply fill out the form on this page, and one of our experienced staff members will reach out to you promptly to schedule your consultation.

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 *Individual Results May Vary


*Individual Results May Vary