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SmartSkin™ CO2 Laser

After about the age of 20, your skin produces 1% less collagen each year.  When declining collagen production is combined with the daily effects of sun exposure and other environmental factors, unwelcome lines and pigment are inevitable. There’s now an effective solution to reverse the signs of aging from your face, hands and chest.

With Cynosure’s ® Smartskin™ Laser System, great results are possible without the overly, lengthy downtime that is typically associated with an invasive facelift. This in-office treatment takes less than 30 minutes and provides amazing.

The SmartSkin™ CO2 laser is a great procedure for treating skin problems due to aging or sun damage. A SmartSkin treatment can improve the appearance of keratoses, deep wrinkles, poor texture, and pore size. This treatment is completely customizable and offers your practitioner the freedom to select the exact level of power and patterning to rejuvenate your skin. The SmartSkin provides skin resurfacing in conjunction with collagen rejuvenation for an all-in-one treatment. This skin rejuvenating treatment has makes a tremendous difference in both the look and feel of the skin.

How does skin resurfacing with SmartSkin CO2 work?

Using what’s known as fractional laser resurfacing, the SmartSkin CO2 laser can reduce the appearance of pores, wrinkles and sun damage. The laser treats the skin one microscopic portion at a time, before moving on to the next microscopic portion. Each micro column receives just enough laser energy to vaporize the aged skin while also stimulating new collagen growth of surrounding tissue. It’s more than skin resurfacing; it’s deep skin rejuvenation. Immediately following the procedure, your body’s natural healing process kicks in and starts replacing aged tissue cells with new tissue. Over time, this will build up the support structure under your skin resulting in a younger and smoother looking appearance.

How long does the procedure take?

The typical treatment time is about 30 minutes and noticeable results are often reported after just one treatment with SmartSkin. Shortly after the treatment has been completed, you will find your skin looks younger, healthier and feels smoother. Improvement in your skins texture and look with continue overtime, though you can resume your normal active lifestyle in as little as two to seven days.

What makes SmartSkin CO2 unique from other skin resurfacing procedures?

Carbon dioxide lasers have been used for many years for effective skin resurfacing procedures. Traditional CO2 lasers have been very successful, but come with harsh side effects. These treatments would remove deep, unwanted wrinkles, but would come with a long recovery period after the procedure and oftentimes complications would arise. Since the SmartSkin CO2 laser treats the skin in microscopic portions, it avoids many of these potential complications. It is able to deliver visible improvements with very little bleeding or scabbing. The SmartSkin procedure is typically performed in your doctor’s office. Typically, a local anesthetic should be enough of a numbing agent.

The SmartSkin Technology

We use the advanced Smartskin+™ Laser System from Cynosure®, the leader in aesthetic lasers. Smartskin™ is unique in that the system allows us to tailor skin resurfacing treatments to meet your expectations.  For example, you may opt for 2 or 3 ‘lighter’ treatments with very good outcomes and limited downtime, or you may want a single treatment that has a slightly longer downtime but outstanding results.

How many treatments will I need?

Typically, only one treatment may be needed for desired results. However, since this treatment is customizable and are tailor to your specific cosmetic expectations and downtime needs, you can opt for two or three “lighter” sessions. With correct skin care regime and proper protection, results often last years. Your doctor will be able to determine the best course of treatment during your cosmetic consultation.

What should I expect immediately following treatment? 

Immediately after the treatment, your skin may feel warm and appear to be sunburned. You may also experience some swelling, which is completely normal. Your body naturally starts working by replacing the aged skin cells with new ones. After a few days to a week, you will notice healthier-looking skin and a more even complexion. Over time, collagen will regenerate and restore the supporting structure of your skin, giving you the smooth skin you are looking for.

How much does the treatment cost?

A Smartskin™ treatment is very unique because the system allows the doctor to tailor and customize the treatments to your individual needs. You may opt for 2 or 3 “lighter” treatments with very good outcomes and limited downtime, or you may want a single treatment that has a slightly longer downtime but outstanding results. During your consultation you doctor will determine your treatment plan and discuss the cost of the treatment with you.

Immediately following the procedure, your body naturally starts replacing aged tissue cells with new tissue. The standard treatment time is only 20 minutes and noticeable results are often reported after just one treatment. Shortly after it has been completed, you will find your skin looks and feels smoother, healthier and younger looking. Results will continue to improve over time, though you can resume your normal active lifestyle in as little as two to seven days.

Carbon dioxide lasers have been used for many years for successful skin resurfacing. Extremely effective, traditional CO2 lasers nevertheless also had harsh side effects. They would remove wrinkles, but have a long recovery period after the procedure and oftentimes complications would arise. Since the SmartSkin CO2 laser treats the skin in microscopic portions, it avoids many of these potential complications. It is able to provide visible improvements with very little bleeding or scabbing occurring.

The procedure can be performed in your doctor’s office or an outpatient facility. A local anesthetic is typically enough of a numbing agent, unless a particularly large area is being treated. Goggles may be required for eye protection. The doctor will then pass the laser across the parts of the face that need treatment, with the number of passes determined by the thickness of the skin and the extent of the damage.

For more information about our services, or to schedule an appointment, please call 714.974.3272.