Smartskin+™ by Cynosure® is a fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser. It works by splitting the laser’s light into tiny beams that are each about one-tenth the size of a hair shaft. The light penetrates the skin to a controlled depth. The heat vaporizes the targeted cells while leaving the tiny areas around each tiny beam of light untouched. Only about 20 to 30 percent of the targeted area is actually treated, yet the entire area benefits from the process and eventually becomes rejuvenated. And because less skin is damaged by the laser, the recovery time is generally shorter than with non-fractional CO2 lasers. This treatment is not as aggressive as a full ablative treatment and may require multiple treatments to achieve optimal results.
When used as an ablative laser, Smartskin+™ removes the outermost top layer of the epidermis, the stratum corneum. The heat from the laser light also reaches the dermis. In the dermal layer, it remodels the skin by stimulating the formation of new collagen, the protein that gives skin youthful, healthy-looking volume. The loss of skin volume (usually as the result of sun damage) is what causes lines and wrinkles to form. The downtime with an ablative treatment is longer than when treated in the fractional mode.
The Smartskin+™ laser is used to treat fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps to tighten the skin. It may be used at the time of a facelift to treat the upper and lower lip, perioral area or lower eyelids. It will improve the appearance of age spots and help to shrink large pores. It may also be used to treat acne scars.
If the signs of aging are starting to show on your face, the Smartskin+™ fractional CO2 laser can help reverse the hands of time. To schedule your complimentary consultation, please call (610) 624-2740 or fill out our online contact form today. We look forward to helping you look as young as you feel.