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Roll Back the Years with SmartXide Dot CO2 Laser

Posted on 07. Jun, 2016 by in Various

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Rolling back the years on your complexion can be possible with one laser treatment. Years of sun damage can be corrected with the SmartXide Dot CO2 laser therapy. Acne scarring, even ice pick scars – the kind that looks like “pitting”, can be reduced.
Photo aging is the premature aging of the skin and occurs after accumulated over- exposure to the environment, including the sun’s harmful UV rays and other environmental stressors such as pollution. The sun’s rays are accountable for 75-80% of pre-mature aging. Photo aged skin appears with brown spots, rough leathery texture, fine lines and sagging skin. Years of battling acne can leave various scarring such as rolling scars and ice pick scars. Superficial aesthetic treatments like microdermabrasion do not help much and make up will not cover them. All of these conditions can be addressed with the SmartXide Dot CO2 laser therapy. Dr Brad Abrams has used the Dot CO2 laser in his practice for several years and believes the Dot CO2 offers the best, most long-lasting results. He is highly recognized for his techniques on performing the laser therapy with over 20 years’ experience with cosmetic procedures.
The SmartXide Dot CO2 is a fractional laser whose system generates micro-areas of thermal damage alternated with healthy, undamaged tissue. By leaving some areas of healthy skin intact, recovery time is more rapid with less swelling and pain as other, older technology lasers. The Dot CO2 therapy is suitable and safe for most skin types. On the day of the appointment a topical numbing cream will be used to numb the area and if needed, an anti-anxiety medication will be prescribed. Expect at least 5-7 days of recovery with the laser therapy. The first few days may include swelling and blistering. Typically on day three peeling will occur. Depending on the depth of the procedure chosen, healing time can be anywhere from 5 days to 10 days. Expect to have redness and sensitive skin for several weeks. Those who tan more easily and frequently are pre-treated with products that suppress excess melanin production for a better outcome of the procedure. After laser therapy, collagen will be naturally stimulated and will lead to a progressive improvement of the skin. Brown marks will fade, fine lines and wrinkles will be smoothed out, texture will be refined and sagginess will tighten. Post procedure homecare is recommended to cinch desired results. With a simple skincare routine in place that includes prescription strength products such as retin a and 4% hydroquinone, your results will be well maintained.
Sun protection is essential after any type of cosmetic resurfacing procedure to ensure there is the least amount of future UV radiation damage. Zinc based or mineral sunscreens are preferred as they are physical sunblocks that will provide the best protection.
For smoother, brighter and tighter skin, consider SmartXide Dot CO2 laser therapy. Whether you prefer a rejuvenating procedure that will stimulate collagen and refresh the skin or a full laser resurfacing procedure that will bring the skin back to pre-damaged years, the SmartXide Dot CO2 laser therapy is a excellent choice.
Schedule a complimentary consultation with medical esthetician Catherine Deans, LE to determine if the Dot CO2 is the right procedure. Catherine will help educate you on before care and after care with the optimum products and treatments.

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