Over the years exposure to the sun (photoaging), gravity and natural aging affect the texture, tone and pigmentation of skin resulting in the appearance of aging. This can leave a person with wrinkles, lines, sunspots and larger pores.
SmartSkin fractional laser resurfacing is the latest advancement in laser skin renewal. It is a CO2 laser that optimizes outcomes while minimizing downtime. It can be used to reduce wrinkles, treat brown spots, improve skin irregularities, smooth uneven pigmentation, treat dark eye circles, reduce pore size and rejuvenate the hands and neckline. Unlike other procedures only portions of the skin is treated.
SmartSkin – Procedure
In most cases a topical anesthetic is applied beforehand but other anesthetics can be used to ensure comfort. During the procedure heat and tingling will be felt as the laser scanner moves across the face.
The procedure uses the SmartSkin CO2 laser to send pulses of energy to the skin creating microscopic holes. Collagen is stimulated deep within the skin to tighten the tissue. When these holes heal, new younger looking skin is revealed. The procedure can be completed in as little as fifteen to thirty minutes.
SmartSkin – Process for Skin Rejuventation
After the procedure, skin will be warm and will appear sunburned. The body will naturally replace aged skin cells with new ones. There may be some swelling and redness after a few days. It is important to avoid direct sun exposure after the procedure. Makeup can be applied to the skin and normal activities can be resumed after two to seven days. Within a few days results such as a more even skin tone, smoother texture and healthier looking skin will become noticeable. Optimal results are usually seen after two to three months. The results can last years as long as proper skin care and protection are used.
The number of sessions needed depends on the patient’s expectations of results and downtime. It is possible to get the results in just one session. Dr. Garramone will be able to determine the number of sessions needed.
For more information about SmartSkin CO2 laser, or to schedule a SmartSkin CO2 laser consultation, please contact Dr. Garramone’s office today at 239-482-1900.