Cosmetic Laser

By: Sukhman

What is a Cosmetic Laser?

A cosmetic laser treatment can direct a lot of conditions. They mostly are related to aging and photo damaged skin. Some examples are vascular disorders, fine lines, wrinkles, and loose skin. It is also known as Laser Resurfacing.

How Do CO2 Lasers Work?

A CO2 laser is a type of gas laser. In this device electricity is run through a gas filled tube, producing light. The ends of the tube are mirrors, one the mirrors are fully reflective, and the other only lets some light through. The light which is produced is way more powerful compared to normal light because of the tube being surrounded by mirrors, which reflect most of the light traveling through. The reflection causes the light waves to pick up intensity, the light increases as it goes back and forth through the tube. The light only comes out after it is bright enough to pass through the partially reflective mirror.

History of the CO2 Laser

1964- The CO2 laser was invented in the Untied States by Kumar Patel.

1970s- CO2 lasers were made in the USA and USSR and used articulated arms for laser beam delivery to target tissue.

1970 to 1980- Flexible wave guides for CO2 lasers were invented by Dr. Kathy Laakmann-Crothall. It was a crucial component.

1988 to 1997- The best selling laser made in the USA by the Luxar Corporation, the company was founded Laakmann.

Pros and Cons of Laser Resurfacing


  • Minimizes sun damage, acne scars, and fine lines
  • Improves skin texture and evens skin tone
  • Tightening of skin
  • Improved pores
  • Appearance of slight elevation of cheeks
  • Adds overall glow to skin


  • Small risk of scarring
  • Mild discomfort during or after procedure
  • Time of healing usually 2 weeks


In conclusion, the cosmetic laser has benefited lots of people. Without the invention of the laser we wouldn't be able to minimize sun damage, acne scars, fine lines, we wouldn't be able to improve pores, tighten skin, and add a glow to your skin.
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