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SmartSkin CO2 Fractional Skin Resurfacing Laser*
The SmartSkin laser is a revolutionary super-pulsed fractional CO2 (carbon dioxide) laser for skin resurfacing. .Using patented micro-ablative technology, the SmartSkin CO2 fractional laser combines collagen rejuvenation with skin resurfacing in a single treatment.
What problems can the SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser treat?
Dr. Lin personally administers all the SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser treatments.
Dr. Lin is very skilled and knowledgeable in the field, as well as thorough and safe, making him a person you can trust with your treatments.
Dr. Lin can treat Skin Types 1-IV.
Our laser is the most advanced, customizable micro-ablative skin resurfacing laser available. Unlike other systems that have “one-size-fits-all” settings, the Smartskin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser provides completely customizable treatment parameters to meet the patients’ needs and downtime requirements.
What are the Benefits of the SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser:
#1 anti-aging breakthrough of the decade
Collagen rejuvenation, elastin stimulation, and skin resurfacing combined
How does SmarSkinCO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser work?
In the past, traditional CO2 lasers removed the entire surface of the skin. They were extremely aggressive, painful, and the healing process was lengthy.Complications included infection, scarring, hypo-pigmentation or skin lightening.
The SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser uses small columns of fractionated energy to ablate areas of damage. Tiny microscopic wounds are made and the surrounding healthy skin helps with healing, making new collagen and elastin.
Tiny microscopic wounds are created leaving healthy channels of skin which enables the cells to heal more quickly.
The regeneration of new collagen and elastin is also stimulated deep within the dermis, revealing softer, smoother and younger looking skin.
By targeting zones deep in the skin as opposed to the entire skin surface, the SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser offers improvement in wrinkles, discoloration, and scarring by stimulating collagen production and skin tightening.
The results start to appear after a week and continue to improve for 3-6 months.
The SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser can erase years from your face and dramatically improve the appearance of wrinkles and pigment, but it is not a lunchtime procedure.
When can I expect to see results, and how long will they last?
Results can be seen in as little as 4 weeks after the procedure. Additional improvements will continue for several months as the collagen rejuvenation and elastin stimulation process takes full effect. With proper skin care and sun protection, results can last for years.
How many treatments will I need?
Treatments can be customized to address individual aesthetic goals and downtime needs. You can achieve dramatic results in just one session with a slightly longer healing period. Or, opt for milder, multiple sessions with shorter healing times.
Is the procedure painful?
A topical anesthetic will be applied making the procedure more comfortable.
What will I look like after the treatment?
Possible normal procedure effects are:
Some degree of redness, swelling followed by gradual peeling
Itching and/or warm sensation
Some skin dryness and tightness
The intensity will vary based on the treatment parameters used during our SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser procedure.
For best possible results, it is important that you carefully follow specific skin-care instructions Mill Creek Skin & Laser provides you.
What is the recovery time?
Because the SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser delivers micro pulses of energy, your recovery time is significantly shorter than the fully ablative lasers. These microscopic holes quickly heal within 3-7 days, after which you will be able to apply makeup on the treated surface and return to your normal lifestyle. The skin may stay pink for at least another 60 days, but is easy to cover with makeup.It looks like you have just been out in the sun. If you have a special event coming up, allow 2 months just to be safe.
Can the SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser be used with other cosmetic treatments?
Not on the same day. However, the SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser treatment is a nice compliment to Botox, dermal fillers, the Affirm laser, the PicoSure laser, and other mid-level lasers or light devices.
What are the medical/cosmetic side effects?
The best way to avoid any complications is to select a good physician with extensive experience in lasers. While complications are rare, the following complications are possible:
Pain: Most people may feel uncomfortable during treatment due to the measures discussed above, but pain is not much of a component after the treatment.
Redness: A pink color may persist for 2 weeks to 2 months after the laser treatment. In rare instances, it may last 3 to 6 months. This is more common in patients who have a history of flushing and blushing easily or who already have dilated vessels on the surface of the skin.
Wound Healing: The SmartSkin CO2 fractional skin resurfacing laser causes a superficial wound to the skin that takes approximately 2 to 10 days to heal. The superficial injury of the outer layers of the skin may result in mild to moderate swelling. Crusting and peeling could happen depending on the degree of treatment. Once the surface is treated, it may be sensitive to the sun for approximately 6 months.
Pigment Changes: The treated area may heal with increased or decreased pigmentation. This is why Mill Creek Skin & Laser takes every precaution to make sure the skin is pre-treated with products 2-3 weeks in advance of treatment.
Excessive Swelling: Immediately after laser treatment, there will be swelling of the skin. This is a temporary condition and will resolve over 3 to 7 days.
Eye Exposure: There is a risk of harmful eye exposure to laser surgery. It is important to keep your eyes closed and we always apply protective eyewear at all times during the laser treatment.
Scarring: There is a very small chance of scarring. This includes hypertrophic scars or, very rarely, keloid scars (thick, raised scar formations). It could be avoided with careful laser settings and by having an experienced physician perform the procedure. It is important to inform us if you have a prior history of unfavorable healing. To minimize chances of scarring, it is imperative that you follow post-operative instructions carefully. Do not pick!
Infection: Occasional infections can occur. If not treated promptly, these could result in scarring. Mill Creek Skin & Laser requires a pre-op appointment with Dr. Lin to avoid infections from occurring. Any post-treatment concerns will be promptly addressed by Dr. Lin.
What are the reasons NOT to use the SmartSkin CO2 fractional laser?
Pregnant or breastfeeding
Use of anticoagulants
Use of Accutane in the last 6 months
History of bleeding disorders, and difficulty healing or keloid scarring
Treatment is limited by skin color, which can be evaluated at the initial free consultation.
Pre and Post Treatment Instructions
Download the pre and post treatment instructions form to learn about what do to before and after your treatment. Remember to sign the form and bring it with you to your appointment.