Get To Know Our Deepest Laser Resurfacing Treatment: Fractional CO2 Laser

treatment process of fractional co2 laser in Menlo Park

Signs of aging and skin damage are the primary skin concerns we treat at Entre Nous Aesthetics. Maybe you were a sun worshipper in past decades with plenty of baby oil and tanning beds. Or, maybe you have skin scarring you’d like to smooth out. Regardless of your concern, our fractional CO2 laser resurfacing may be the perfect solution for you!

Co-founded by Dr. Jane Weston, a plastic surgeon, and Sandra Ewers, a physician assistant, Entre Nous Aesthetics is a premier medical spa in Menlo Park. From the beginning, we’ve dedicated ourselves to providing the best treatments and services for our clients. We care deeply about educating our clients so they feel comfortable and confident in our services. 

Below, our skin experts explain an overview of what this deep laser resurfacing is, how it works, FAQs, and more.   

What is our fractional CO2 laser in Menlo Park?

CO2RE® laser by Candela is a versatile, FDA-approved laser device with options from light to deep laser resurfacing. It works by using thermal heat to create tiny controlled injuries to the epidermis and/or dermis. This triggers new collagen and elastin production to dramatically improve the skin for a variety of concerns. 

Our fractional CO2 laser in Menlo Park at Entre Nous improves:

  • Deep wrinkles & lines
  • Acne, injury, & surgical scars
  • Skin laxity
  • Uneven skin tone & texture
  • Sun damage
  • Enlarged pores
  • Stretch marks
  • Age spots

Along with its versatility, CO2 laser is also a favorite because it can treat so many areas, like:

  • Lower eyelids
  • Upper eyelids
  • Around the mouth
  • Forehead
  • Cheeks
  • Neck
  • Chest
  • Shoulders
  • Hands

The benefits of CO2 laser

Customizable for each client

Because every client’s skin type, age, concerns, and other traits are unique, their treatment should be too. We customize our fractional CO2 laser treatment for each client by tailoring the depth of treatment for each client’s individual skin goals.

Quick, in-office treatment

The CO2 laser treatment will not take up hours of your day. We work quickly and efficiently with the device to get the best results possible in a short, comfortable treatment session.

Dramatic results

As the deepest laser skin resurfacing option, our fractional CO2 laser in Menlo Park gives our clients the most dramatic before and after results. This is because the treatment puts your skin’s collagen and healing process into overdrive to rejuvenate your skin from within.

Who is a good candidate for fractional CO2 laser?

If you’re bothered by signs of facial aging, you may be a good candidate for fractional CO2 laser resurfacing! These signs can include wrinkling, brown spots, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, or scars. 

Our laser specialists at Entre Nous provide skin consultations where we evaluate your skin, review your health,and review your medical history. Additionally, we’ll clarify your goals with this treatment to ensure that this is the best laser resurfacing option for you! 

How It Works | Fractional CO2 Laser in Menlo Park


Before any CO2 laser treatments, we always consult with you to discuss your goals,expectations, and individual skin concerns. Once we’ve determined that this treatment is the best one for your desired results, we will create a personalized treatment plan.

To create your treatment plan, we consider the extent of skin damage as well as your budget and tolerance for downtime.

Procedure process

Your provider will make sure you’re comfortable throughout the treatment. We use a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area to ensure that pain is minimal. Then, we will use the fractional CO2 laser device over the treatment area(s), all while working quickly and efficiently. 

treatment photo of provider and client of fractional co2 laser in Menlo Park

Downtime for recovery

The depth of treatment will vary for each individual. The more superficial treatments heal with minimal downtime (24 hours). Medium-depth treatments typically require 3 to 7 days of social downtime while your skin heals.

For deep laser resurfacing, most often around the mouth, you may require up to 14 days of social downtime.


Your results for fractional CO2 laser will continue to improve in weeks following the treatment. Your final results can last several years with adequate skin care and sun protection.

Pre & Post-Procedure Skin Care

One of our favorite products to recommend for both before and after a laser procedure to help your skin heal is the Alastin Regenarating Skin Nectar. This product is designed to support and strengthen your skin and can enhance results when used before to prepare the skin, and afterwards to support faster recovery and optimal results.

  • Maximizes procedure results by supporting the skin’s natural ability to clear out damaged elastin and collagen.
  • Calms post-procedure skin and helps reduce recovery & downtime.
  • Helps preserve your procedure results.
  • Supports the production of new, healthy elastin and collagen.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is fractional CO2 laser painful?

Because it is a deep laser treatment, there is some discomfort with fractional CO2 laser. Our providers work to ensure you are comfortable throughout the treatment. Some clients describe the sensation like pin pricks. 

How often should you get the CO2 laser?

Since results last for several years, you do not need to get CO2 laser treatment often. We typically recommend patients get it around every 8 years as their skin continues to age. 

Can you use the CO2 laser on the neck?

Yes, we can use the CO2 laser on the neck! We can also use it on the face, chest, shoulders, and hands.

What is the recovery time for CO2 laser?

Your recovery time for CO2 laser depends on the depth of your treatment. For light-depth/superficial treatment, it can be as little as 24 hours. For the deepest treatments, recovery time can be up to 14 days of social downtime.

Which is better, IPL or CO2 laser?

If your concerns are primarily pigmentation like sun and age spots, or deep lines and wrinkles, CO2 laser may be a better option because it is a more in-depth treatment. A consultation with an Entre Nous skin specialist can help determine if IPL or CO2 laser is better for your skin.

Other skin resurfacing options

Though we love the fractional CO2 laser for deep resurfacing, we understand some clients desire skin rejuvenation with less intensity and downtime. 

Profound RF microneedling

The primary concern that Profound RF microneedling treats is skin laxity, or loose, sagging skin. This works by using small “micro” needles that penetrate the dermis and release radiofrequency (RF) energy. 

By itself, microneedling can help improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, scars, stretch marks, and small areas of loose skin. But when it’s combined with radiofrequency, microneedling does all of this and then some with thermal heat from the radiofrequency. 

Profound RF microneedling tightens and smoothes the skin in many treatment areas:

  • Cheeks
  • Jawline
  • Around the mouth
  • Neck
  • Décolletage
  • Abdomen
  • Arms
  • Thighs
  • Knees  

Treatable conditions:

  • Skin laxity
  • Sagging skin
  • Enlarges pores
  • Volume loss
  • Lines & wrinkles
  • Scars 
  • Stretch marks
  • Cellulite

Other benefits of Profound RF microneedling

Profound RF microneedling doesn’t just improve skin concerns in a variety of areas. It also  gives you dramatic results in a single treatment, is minimally invasive, and safe for all skin tones!

AquaGold Finetouch Microchannel Facial

For a lighter treatment resurfacing the skin, our AquaGold Facial is a fantastic option. AquaGold is a microchannel medical facial that uses a microneedling technique to deliver customized active ingredients into the skin.  

We can provide AquaGold on the face, neck, back of hands, and décolletage. Plus, this quick treatment improves so many skin conditions, including:

  • Enlarged pores
  • Fine lines & wrinkles
  • Oily skin
  • Acne scars
  • Dull skin
  • Skin laxity
  • Rough texture

Just like all of our treatments, our AquaGold facial is completely customizable for YOUR skin! The AquaGold device will be filled with the active ingredients chosen to address your particular concerns. 

These may include hyaluronic acid filler, “microtox” (Botox, Dysport or Jeuveau), skin bleaching agents, and/or antioxidants. We then gently “stamp” the skin with the device, directly delivering your custom skin cocktail into the dermis! Clients see results within days, and these results can last for weeks.

Ready to rejuvenate your skin from within? Visit the skin experts at Entre Nous Aesthetics for fractional CO2 laser in Menlo Park and other treatment options.

We believe in finding the best procedures for your unique skin. Our fractional CO2 laser is our favorite treatment for deep laser resurfacing and skin rejuvenation. If you’re not quite looking for that level of treatment, our other options include Profound RF microneedling, AquaGold Facial, and other treatments

Entre Nous is the go-to med spa in Menlo Park—for good reason! We have state-of-the-art technology, highly trained staff, and luxury offices to give our clients the best experience possible. 

We serve clients from all over Menlo Park and the surrounding areas including Atherton, Palo Alto, Mountain View, and more.

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With 4 different memberships to choose from, there’s something for every Entre Nous client to get the best benefits for their unique needs. Whether you’re looking to target specific skin conditions like acne or melasma, or looking for general anti-aging treatments, this membership is great for all ages and skin types!

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