“Sherry Smith and the staff treat you as family and work with you on specific skincare needs and will listen like no one else. Her work is superb and the CO2 facial have allowed my skin to be better than it has in years. She can tailor the treatment for your lifestyle. After hearing horror stories of friends I am so thankful to have found Sherry Smith.”
– Sharon L.
Take ten years off in ten minutes with the latest innovation for skin rejuvenation! SmartXide CO2 laser system, featuring the unique DOT Scanner with Infinite Delivery Options for ablative skin rejuvenation with rapid healing. This therapy is ideal for treatment of pigment, skin laxity/texture, wrinkles and acne scars.
Below is a brief explanation of types of skin laser therapies and the new amazing SmartXide CO2 laser that combines powerful skin resurfacing with little downtime.
The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser has been the premier skin resurfacing tool for the past decade. Its primary advantage over peeling and other laser techniques is that it tightens the skin naturally, while stimulating increased collagen production. The results approximate that of a mini-face lift, without incisions. CO2 ablative laser resurfacing has been the “gold standard” since 1995 for non-surgical facial rejuvenation and removal of facial skin wrinkles and photo aging. However, due to it’s power and complete removal of the skin, it requires intravenous or general anesthesia. It also has several limitations including a prolonged and difficult recovery period often lasting three weeks, prolonged facial redness that can last three months, hypopigmentation or lightening of skin color, and the potential for infection which can lead to scarring. During the past five years new technology called fractional laser resurfacing has been developed which has dramatically shortened recovery time and lessened the occurrence of complications. With fractional laser resurfacing the laser beam is broken up or fractionated into many small micro beams (DOTs!) which are separated so that when they strike the skin surface, small areas of the skin between the beams are not hit by the laser and left intact. These small areas of untreated skin promote a much more rapid recovery and healing with less risk of complications. The small areas treated by the fractional micro beams, called micro treatment zones, cause sufficient laser injury to promote new collagen production and resultant facial skin rejuvenation.
The 2000s saw the development of lasers like Fraxel, which is a non-ablative fractional resurfacing laser. Although it offers less downtime, the results are subtle at best. The Smartxide DOT CO2 laser represents a new generation of ablative fractional resurfacing lasers. Unlike Fraxel, the Smartxide DOT actually removes the heated column of skin tissue (ablation) and provides more substantial wrinkle removal and deep skin tightening.
DOT Therapy (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) is the ideal micro-ablative approach to skin rejuvenation. It creates thousands of microscopic perforations, which induce immediate skin tightening and stimulate new collagen growth, improving the skin’s texture and tone to fight fine lines and deep wrinkles, and even acne scars. DOT Therapy also leaves the skin around each of the perforations intact, which allows the epidermis to heal from the edge of these tiny holes very rapidly, significantly decreasing downtime and promoting rapid healing. As a result, Smartxide DOT offers the results of the traditional CO2 laser, but under local anesthesia with less discomfort and less downtime!
When can I expect to see results?
After DOT shows new skin at one week and skin tightening at three to four weeks.
What type of anessthesia is required?
The DOT Smartxide treatment requires only local, topical anesthesia that is applied approximately 45 minutes prior to the procedure. After this period of time, the treatment is virtually painless. At approximately 3-4 days after the procedure, the upper layers of skin disolve, revealing a fresh, new surface. After this phase, there may be some residual redness but most patients can resume their normal activities. The new collagen production doesn’t begin for 3-4 weeks after the procedure.
Who is a candidate for Smartxide DOT CO2 Laser Treatment?
DOT therapy can be used to treat the skin of all ages and most skin types. It is ideal to treat the signs of sun-damage including pigment irregularities, wrinkles, skin laxity/sagging, and rough texture. It also can be used to treat all types of acne scarring and stretch marks.