The SmartSkin Fractional CO2 laser is a revolutionary way to rejuvenate your skin without surgery. The procedure enables you to have younger, healthier looking skin with as little as one treatment and can be used not only on the face but also on other areas of the body that are affected by the aging process. The laser can also treat and improve other skin conditions or problems including:
- Uneven skin tone and texture of the face
- Brown spot
- Large pores
- Acne and other facial scars
- Scars on other areas of the body
- Crow’s feet
- Aging hands
- Neck and chest discoloration or wrinkles
How does the SmartSkin Fractional CO2 laser work?
As a fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser, the laser’s light splits into tiny beams and penetrates the skin at a controlled depth. The targeted cells are vaporized by the heat while the areas around the tiny beam are only heated. The areas where the cells are removed shrink during the healing process creating tightening while the areas only heated heal by producing new collagen and elastin making the skin texture and tone significantly improved. Since SmartSkin is a fractional CO2 laser, recovery time is significantly less the older non-fractional CO2 which took up to 6 weeks to heal.
How does the SmartSkin Fractional CO2 laser resurface and rejuvenate skin?
The SmartSkin CO2 is a micro-ablative laser. A percentage of the top outermost layer of the skin is removed while the deeper layer, the dermis, is treated with heat from the laser. The heat stimulates new collagen production, as well as causes collagen remodeling and tissue tightening. Collagen gives skin its youthful and healthy appearance, as well as volume.
How long are treatments?
The treatment will take about 20 minutes to an hour, depending on what area(s) are being treated. During the procedure, we will make you as comfortable as possible. since your skin will become very warm. Most skin can be treated just once to get significant results. After treatment, patients look as if they have a deep sunburn. Downtime is usually about 4-5 days with full recovery after 10-14 days. During the first few days of your recovery, you many experience itching, slight swelling, peeling, and dryness. You will be given skin care products and instructions to help alleviate any discomfort, as well as help and speed the healing process. Once Dr. Klainer meets with you to discuss the details of the SmartSkin CO2 laser, he will be able to give you an estimate of how long the procedure will take.
When will I see results?
After recovery, you will notice significant improvements but may see results for several months as collagen growth and rejuvenation continues. The final results can last for years but do keep in mind that the aging process still happens so a good skin care system is recommended.
Dr. Klainer would be happy to schedule a consultation with you to discuss whether the SmartSkin Fractional CO2 laser treatment can help you achieve your desired results. Call 252-222-5888 to schedule your appointment.