What is CoolPeel?

CoolPeel is an advanced, cutting-edge laser treatment that revitalizes the skin without the need for downtime. CoolPeel is delivered with the Tetra CO2 laser. This laser treatment is highly controlled and delivers high energy in short pulses, resurfacing the skin without damaging the skin. 

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How does CoolPeel work?

The Tetra CO2 laser used for CoolPeel treatment delivers laser energy in shorter flashes, resulting in less damage to the skin while addressing skin concerns. CoolPeel resurfaces your skin and removes the damaged outer layer to reveal fresh, glowing skin. 

The CoolPeel treatment deeply stimulates your body’s natural healing response–the production of collagen and elastin. Collagen and elastin are the natural building blocks of the skin. They rebuild the skin from the inside out, resulting in a more youthful, firm structure and clearer, more beautiful skin.

What can CoolPeel treat?

The CoolPeel laser can treat skin concerns on the face, hands and neck. 

CoolPeel can successfully treat a range of skin concerns, including the following:

  • Uneven skin texture
  • Dull, dry skin
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Skin blemishes
  • Sun damage
  • Large pores
  • Redness and inflammation  
  • Acne scars and other types of scars
  • Stretch marks

What should I expect during a CoolPeel treatment?

We will apply a numbing cream ahead of time to ensure you are comfortable during the treatment. Once this takes effect, the treatment begins.

During a CoolPeel treatment, your aesthetic specialist will run the laser over the area being treated. You will feel warmth and a tingling sensation, and a mild bearable tenderness during treatment. Discomfort is very minimal.

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After your CoolPeel treatment, there will be some redness that is comparable to a sunburn. This redness will last for a couple of days as your skin heals. However, this should not be significant enough to stop you from continuing your usual daily routine and activities. 

Stay out of the direct sun for two days, and don’t allow your skin to dry out, and keep a very thin layer of Aquaphor on your skin if needed. Don’t wear makeup and sunscreen during this time.

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Rest and Recovery Results after CoolPeel

Patients will notice a new, luminous glow after 3-4 days from the day of treatment. CoolPeel won’t cause heavy peeling or scabbing the way other laser resurfacing does, making results noticeable sooner.

After CoolPeel, pores appear smaller and wrinkles and hyperpigmentation start to fade. To achieve optimal results, we usually recommend between three and six treatments, each performed about a month apart.

The rejuvenating effects of CoolPeel generally last for years, with marked improvements in the vitality of the skin and general complexion building after each session.

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Who is a candidate for CoolPeel?

CoolPeel is safe and suitable for all skin types and colors. It safely and effectively addresses a wide range of concerns, leaving your skin glowing and beautiful. Almost anyone is a candidate for CoolPeel who would like to achieve radiant skin and reduce signs of age such as fine lines, wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, large pores, and irregular texture. Ideal candidates should meet the following requirements:

  • Are generally healthy
  • Do not have active skin infections
  • Do not have certain autoimmune conditions
  • Are not photosensitive

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Benefits of CoolPeel 

CoolPeel achieves a range of positive results for patients, including the following:

  • Safely resurfaces your skin to achieve a more youthful appearance
  • Eliminates fine lines and reduces wrinkles
  • Reduces sun damage 
  • Minimizes the pores
  • Smooths and improves skin texture
  • Reverses the effects of age and sun damage
  • Requires no downtime
  • Aftercare is minimal
  • Firms and tightens loose skin 
  • Minimizes stretch marks and scars, including acne scars

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What is the difference between CO2 Tetra Fractional Laser and CoolPeel?

Both Tetra CO2 and CoolPeel treatments are performed with Tetra CO2 laser and achieve outstanding results, but the treatments are different.

Tetra CO2 laser resurfacing 

Tetra CO2 laser resurfacings the skin to smooth, renew, and brighten the complexion. Tetra CO2 reaches deeper levels of the skin to achieve a more dramatic renewal. 


CoolPeel addresses the uppermost layer of skin with shorter pulses of light. This reduces heat buildup in the skin and causes less damage. Results are significant, but the treatment results in very minimal recovery compared with traditional CO2 laser resurfacing.

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Burton M. Sundin, MD

Reps B. Sundin, MD

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Why choose the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery for CoolPeel?

At the Virginia Institute of Plastic Surgery, our goal is to help you reveal and enhance the natural beauty of your skin and body with unique, highly-effective, cutting-edge procedures. We offer a comprehensive selection of safe, innovative procedures and techniques designed to deliver naturally-beautiful, long-lasting results.

Your treatments are performed by highly trained aestheticians and board-certified surgeons whose extensive knowledge of state-of-the-art techniques and technologies and dedication to their patients achieves beautiful results. We are committed to your safety, your comfort, and to helping you reveal your natural beauty.

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