Laser skin resurfacing is a popular way to address stubborn complexion issues like wrinkles, pigmentation and acne scars, as well as tighten skin and balance tone. Lasers fall into various categories, the most powerful being “ablative” lasers that create purposeful wounds in the skin to trigger a natural regeneration process. Old ablative laser technologies could lead to substantial discomfort and downtime, but with the latest generation of fractional ablative lasers like CO2RE, that is improving.

At AF Aesthetics, we are committed to bringing advanced noninvasive technologies to our patients, and that’s precisely what CO2RE is. Book a consultation to find out more about our laser services.

What Is CO2RE?

CO2RE is the first fully integrated carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. This ablative CO2 laser technology penetrates deep into the skin in one pass, while simultaneously working on the skin surface. It treats a fraction of the skin at a time, making microscopic injuries while leaving the surrounding areas intact. The CO2RE system includes six treatment modes, allowing us to treat a variety of concerns and skin types. It is gentler than non-fractional ablation treatments, yet capable of producing significant improvements.

How Does CO2RE Work?

CO2 treatments are the gold standard when it comes to laser skin resurfacing. The CO2RE laser works by emitting tiny beams of energy that pass through multiple skin layers. The energy vaporises what it comes into contact with and creates hundreds of columns in the skin. The body reacts to these columns with a healing response that gradually fills them with healthy skin tissue. This process produces new skin cells and increases collagen production, giving the skin a clearer and brighter appearance.

What Can Be Treated With CO2RE?

CO2RE is a versatile laser system that allows us to customise our patient’s treatments. With CO2RE, we can improve:

Who Are Sydney CO2RE Treatments For?

Ideal candidates for CO2RE treatments have the complexion concerns above and may also have mild to moderate skin laxity. This treatment can benefit those seeking a skin treatment without the extended downtime associated with other resurfacing procedures or surgery. CO2 ablative fractional laser resurfacing may not be suitable for use on darker skin tones that are prone to pigmentation issues or very lax skin that would respond better to a surgical approach.

How Are CO2RE Treatments Performed?

Before your CO2RE treatment at AF Aesthetics, please avoid sun exposure and any tanning products. We also recommend that you decrease alcohol consumption and discontinue the use of any harsh skincare products. Depending on the specifics of your skin’s condition and the concerns you want to treat, your provider may prescribe a topical cream to use in preparation for your laser treatment.

A topical anaesthetic will be applied before the procedure begins. When it has taken effect, your provider will pass the CO2RE handpiece over the treatment area while closely monitoring your skin. The procedure takes approximately 45 minutes, not including the preparation.

What Is the Expected Recovery After CO2RE?

After your laser resurfacing treatment is complete, an ointment or serum will be applied to soothe and protect your skin. The treated area will initially feel raw and be red and slightly swollen. You may use cool compresses and OTC medications to ease any discomfort. Keep your skin moisturised during the healing process and always use a broad spectrum SPF for protection. Our medical professionals will provide you with aftercare advice that should be followed while healing.

When Will I See Results From My CO2RE Treatment?

In the days after your CO2RE treatment, your skin will gradually become softer and smoother, with fewer creases and blemishes. Your results will become visible once your skin has healed from the procedure. Recovery length can vary from a couple of days for a lighter CO2RE treatment to two weeks or more for a more intensive procedure. Improvements can continue for four to six months.

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How Many CO2RE Treatments Will I Need?

Typically, only one CO2RE treatment is needed to see a visible difference in the area. For advanced signs of ageing or scars, or an area that cannot be treated as aggressively, additional CO2RE treatments may be required.

How Long Do CO2RE Skin Resurfacing Results Last?

Once healed, the results of a CO2RE treatment can be significant. The longevity of your results will depend on the depth of your treatment. A superficial procedure can offer benefits that last months, while a deep treatment can produce results that last for years. Our medical professionals can provide you with skincare tips and treatment recommendations to make your results last as long as possible.

Request a Consultation for CO2RE Laser Resurfacing in Sydney

AF Aesthetics has an extensive range of energy devices that allow us to provide treatments for all skin types and concerns. Our clinic is conveniently located in Chatswood and led by a team of four experienced doctors. For more information about CO2RE laser skin resurfacing, please contact us today.


Does CO2RE hurt?

Patients may experience discomfort during the procedure. The sensation felt during laser treatments is commonly compared to a rubber band snapping against the skin. To reduce discomfort, a topical anaesthetic is used prior to treatment.

Ablative vs. non-ablative lasers — what is the difference?

Ablative lasers like CO2RE remove the outer layer of skin (epidermis) and heat the underlying layer (dermis) to stimulate new collagen growth. Non-ablative lasers stimulate collagen growth in the dermis but leave the skin surface intact. Non-ablative laser resurfacing is less invasive, more comfortable and requires less recovery time, but it’s less effective. Ablative laser resurfacing involves more discomfort and downtime but produces more dramatic results in fewer treatments.

Fractional vs. non-fractional lasers — what is the difference?

Fractional ablative lasers like CO2RE create tiny channels of injury surrounded by healthy skin tissue. Non-fractional ablative lasers remove the skin’s entire upper surface, leaving no tissue untouched. Fractional lasers minimise patient downtime and complications.

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