Can you treat a darker complexion with CO2?

Dear Doctor

I am interested in setting up an appointment for a consultation for Co2 laser resurfacing to reduce acne scars and fine lines from sun damage. How much is the consultation? Also I have a dark complexion, would this be appropriate for me?

Thank you for the email inquiry. I would be very happy to see you in consultation for acne scarring. I treat a lot of acne scarring on all types of skin. It is possible, if you have a dark complexion, that the CO2 may not work for you, however, the Fraxel laser may be a great option. We can discuss it in consultation. I do very comprehensive consultations and spend time talking about ALL options for whatever your condition or concern is. I feel that, from a laser standpoint, Pacific Dermatology and Cosmetic Center has all of the very best lasers for acne scarring. There are many other lasers out there, but many of them are not as good as the real Fraxel Restore and the Total FX Lumenis Fractional CO2 laser. We can also consider other options if they are right for you (such as fillers, surgical excision, scar subcision and face lift (not done here, but I have great recommendations for fabulous plastic surgeons in Seattle)

 As far as cost, we charge 80$ for the cosmetic consultation. Again, I will personally spend 30 minutes with you discussing the options and writing out a plan to take home with you. We will give you brochures and personally written information on the different options – it’s a great starting point to know what is best for you.

Thanks again for the email, and I look forward to seeing you.

Dr. Jennifer Reichel of Pacific Dermatology & Cosmetic Center in Seattle

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