How does it work?
The SmartSkin™ laser is a fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) ablative laser. It works by splitting up the laser into smaller beams that can penetrate the skin at a precise and controlled depth. The heat will then vaporize the cells that have been specifically targeted. The areas of skin around each fractionated beam will remain untouched. Only 20-30% of the treated area actually comes in contact with the laser beam, however the whole area will benefit and undergo rejuvenation. Since less skin is affected, the recovery time tends to be shorter than with the non-fractional CO2 lasers. Dr. Burgess will customize the CO2 laser treatment for your specific skin type and your overall skin rejuvenation goals.
This laser treatment is beneficial for both men and women. Following your initial consultation to discuss your areas of concern, which may include the face, neck or hands, you will receive customized treatments. The fractionated light energy is capable of addressing multiple skin issues including:
- Improvement in skin texture and tone
- Reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduction in the appearance of age spots or pigmented lesions
- Reduction in the appearance of sun damage
- Stimulation of collagen, (neo-collagenesis) for a healthier skin growth
The SmartSkin™ CO2 laser treatment in Portland normally begins with the application of a topical numbing medication. The laser scanner will gently emit small pulses of energy that target the outer layers of the skin (epidermis) and stimulate the underlying collagen. This procedure may take 30-60 minutes to complete, depending on the number of areas involved. Most patients experience some redness and crusting of the skin, as well as the feeling of a mild sunburn. Patients may be able to see some immediate benefits following their treatment, but skin rejuvenation will continue with the healing process as the collagen is restored and skin tone and texture improve.
To learn more about the SmartSkin™ laser skin resurfacing procedure available at Burgess Plastic Surgery in Portland, please call our office today!