Ablative Fractional Skin Resurfacing with Cynosure SmartSkin CO2 Laser Treatment
Over the years signs of aging appear as a result of sun exposure (photoaging), the effects of gravity and natural aging. The texture, tone and pigmentation of your skin can be affected, often resulting in unwanted wrinkles and fine lines, sun spots and larger pores. This look of premature aging can negatively impact how we feel about our appearance and how we are perceived by others.
The good news is that new advancements in laser technology provide a means of rejuvenating and restoring your skin to a more youthful, smoother look. SmartSkin laser fractional resurfacing, the latest advancement in laser skin renewal, optimizes your treatment outcomes while minimizing your recovery time.
How Does the SmartSkin CO2 laser work?
As these microscopic holes heal, new younger looking skin is revealed and collagen is stimulated deep within your skin.
How many treatments will I need?
You and your provider will carefully determine the best course of treatment based on your cosmetic and downtime expectations.
You may opt for two ro three sessions with minimal downtime, or if you’re able to take a longer downtime, experience dramatic results in just one treatment!
A topical anesthetic is generally applied before the procedure, although your provider may recommend other approaches to make you comfortable.
You will relax in the provider’s chair and feel heat and tingling as the laser scanner moves across your face.
What should I expect following treatment?
Immediately after the treatment, you skin will feel warm and appear to be sunburned. Your body naturally starts working by replacing the aged skin cells with new ones. After a few days, you will notice a more even skin tone, smoother skin texture, and healthier-looking skin. You may see some redness and swelling which is completely normal. Over time, collagen will regenerate and restore the supporting structure of your skin. You may be asked to avoid sun exposure for a period of time.
What is the recovery time?
Because SmartSkin CO2 has the distinct ability to deliver micro pulses of energy, you will experience a significantly shorter recovery time than with fully ablative lasers. Each tiny hole will quickly heal and in 2-7 days, you will be able to apply makeup on the treated surface and return to your normal lifestyle. You and your provider may choose a more aggressive treatment regiment for more significant results with a longer downtime of five to seven days.