Hybrid® CO2 Laser

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With Alma's Hybrid CO2 laser, experience the next-generation evolution of laser technology that takes the unmatched power of CO2 to the next level.

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Alma Hybrid® CO2 Laser in Vancouver, BC

The Alma Hybrid® CO2 laser offers a holistic approach to addressing a wide range of skin types and skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation, benign lesions, skin laxity, and sun damage—even on darker skin types. Working to stimulate collagen production and promote cellular regeneration, this innovative treatment offers complete customization for the perfect resurfacing depending on your concerns and your tolerance for downtime. With its high degree of precision paired with lower downtimes, the Alma Hybrid laser provides a safe and efficient solution for individuals seeking to enhance their natural beauty with lasting results.


An Elevated Approach

Led by Dr. Thomas Buonassisi, one of North America’s most skilled board-certified facial plastic surgeons, 8 West Clinic is home to extensively experienced physicians, registered nurses, and medical aestheticians. Our providers combine their advanced training with a mastery of elevated techniques and industry-leading technologies to craft artful, efficacious results with individualized precision. We focus on a comprehensive spectrum of treatments with customized plans that are as unique as every individual who walks through our doors.

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The Benefits of Alma Hybrid® CO2 Laser

This innovative procedure combines the synergistic power of fractional ablative and non-ablative technologies to address a wide range of skin concerns, including fine lines, wrinkles, acne scars, uneven skin tone, and sun damage. With minimal downtime and lasting results, Hybrid laser offers a safe and effective solution for achieving rejuvenated skin with these benefits:

  • Targets multiple skin concerns: Fine lines, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, sun damage, benign lesions, and loss of elasticity and firmness.
  • Minimal downtime: Fractional technology allows for a quick recovery with minimal discomfort that will have you back to work or in public in a few days.
  • Superior technology: Each treatment is finely customizable to be individually tailored to your skin type and your specific skin concerns and goals—including darker skin types.
  • Safe and efficient: FDA-approved technology that delivers exceptional outcomes under the care of skilled professionals.

Our Process

Our unique comprehensive approach focuses on 360º treatment plans bespoke to no one else but you. We aim to help you achieve the best version of yourself—no matter where your starting point is.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is a candidate for Hybrid CO2 laser?

Ideal candidates for the Alma Hybrid laser are individuals looking for the high-impact improvements to skin quality that can be achieved with the power of CO2 lasers, but without the significant lengths of downtime. Patients with darker skin types who are looking for laser resurfacing that is safe but still efficacious can also benefit from the revolutionary technology of the Hybrid laser, which allows for extensive customization of the delivery of energy.

Whether you’re bothered by signs of aging, acne scars, or sun damage, this treatment may be suitable for you. During your skin consultation at 8 West Clinic, our medical aesthetics team will assess your skin concerns and discuss your goals to determine if Hybrid is the right choice for you.

How does the Alma Hybrid® CO2 laser work?

The Alma Hybrid laser works by delivering an innovative combination of fractional CO2 ablative energy with 1570 nm non-ablative energy to the skin’s surface—unseen in the market until the very introduction of Hybrid’s trademarked leading-edge technology.

The dual lasers are applied in a precise grid pattern in precise ratios and work in tandem (or separately as needed) when the laser is applied to the skin during treatment. The device’s advanced level of customizability allows for a very accurately tailored delivery of energy that, in the hands of a skilled provider, offers the most optimized ratio of results to downtime.

CO2 TECHNOLOGY: The fractional CO2 technology in the Hybrid laser creates microscopic channels in the skin while delivering the optimal blend of ablative, coagulative, and thermal effect, stimulating the body’s natural healing process and promoting collagen production.

1570 NM TECHNOLOGY: The non-ablative thermal energy bypasses the topmost layer of the skin and instead targets and heats deeper layers of tissue in microscopic channels, promoting new dermis synthesis to further enhance skin tightening and rejuvenation.

How is Hybrid CO2 laser performed?

The Hybrid laser treatment is performed by our skilled medical professionals in the comfort of our state-of-the-art clinic. Prior to the procedure, a topical anesthetic is applied to minimize discomfort. Once numbed, the treatment provider will clean the face to prepare it for treatment, and then prepare the Hybrid machine by customizing the patient’s treatment settings.

When the patient is ready to begin, the laser is comfortably applied to the skin using Alma’s flagship ProScan handpiece in a stamp-like manner. The ProScan applicator boasts a cooled tip to enhance treatment safety and patient comfort, and offers rapid coverage of large surface areas for quick treatment times. The device is used to precisely target the areas of concern to stimulate collagen production for improved skin texture and tone. Depending on the extent of treatment needed, sessions typically last between 30 to 60 minutes.

What should I expect with with Hybrid CO2 laser?

During the treatment, you will lie down in a private treatment room for a session that typically lasts 30-60 minutes depending on the concern being treated. You will have had a topical anesthetic applied to your skin to minimize any discomfort felt from the laser.

Immediately after treatment, it’s normal to experience some redness, swelling, and mild discomfort, similar to a sunburn. These side effects are expected but temporary, and subside within 7 to 10 days. It’s essential to follow post-procedure care instructions provided by your treatment provider to ensure optimal results and minimize the risk of complications.

Results can vary depending on the individual, but you will begin to feel tangible results within about 1 to 2 weeks of treatment. Your skin will look firmer and clearer, and you may notice a reduction in the appearance of fine lines and texture. Optimal results are typically seen about 2 months after completing your Hybrid treatment plan, which for most will consist of 1 to 2 treatments depending on the severity of your concerns, spaced about 6 to 8 weeks apart. You can expect to see continued enhancement over several more weeks to months as your skin continues to produce collagen.

On average, patients will find their Hybrid laser results lasting between 6 to 18 months, but this number will depend on conditions treated, number of treatments done, and how results are maintained after treatment. You can come in for maintenance sessions anytime within a year after your treatment, depending on the depth of treatment.


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Fabia K.
Hybrid® CO2 Laser

Sonya was very knowledgeable and helpful helping me figure out the correct/most useful treatments for my face. I look forward to having more treatments at 8 West Clinic.

Hybrid® CO2 Laser

Wonderful, kind service. Amazing results on my skin! Suzanne is so helpful and provides an incredible service, staff at the front are knowledgeable and provide excellent customer service. An exceptional experience; first -class!

Sharon P.
Hybrid® CO2 Laser

Suzanne has been absolutely a delight in helping me achieve my goals with some lifelong skin challenges. At 65, I never thought I would love my skin more thanks to her expertise and skilled technology. I would recommend 8West without hesitation. Beyond happy with my results!!

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