Fractionated or “pixilated” carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers are one of the latest advances in non-surgical skin rejuvenation treatments. CO2 has the longest wavelength of all the lasers on the market and can be used safely on darker skin types with appropriate adjustments in the settings.

Fractional CO2 lasers excel at treating deeper wrinkles, more severe textural changes from sun damage, age spots, crow’s feet, droopy eyelids, sagging skin, blotchiness, acne scars, and surgical or traumatic scars. It can be used on the delicate eyelid skin and around the mouth. It can be used to improve texture, wrinkles, and blotchiness on the neck, chest, arms and legs.

Fractional CO2 Laser resurfacing is a very effective treatment for overall skin rejuvenation by brightening and tightening the skin.

Dr. O’Connell has the newest, most precise and most innovative Fractional CO2 Laser on the market.  


Patients will typically undergo a consultation with Dr. O’Connell to determine if Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing is the best treatment for the patient’s goals.  The patient will then be prescribed a topical lightening cream (that is sold at Laguna Beach Aesthetics) that the patient will apply daily for 2 weeks prior to the laser resurfacing treatment session.  Topical anesthetics are used to numb treatment areas.


Dr. O’Connell will set the laser to the correct settings based on your skin type and goals. The session lasts approximately 20 minutes with minimal to no pain as you are numb.

Post Treatment

Healing takes three to 10 days, depending on the depth of the resurfacing. Moisturizer and sunscreen should be applied daily.

Side Effects:

  • Swelling
  • Burning sensation
  • Itching
  • Scarring
  • Pigmentation issues
  • Infection
  • Bumps due to obstruction of sweat glands