Boston, Massachusetts Cosmetic Surgeon
The CO2 laser is considered the most effective treatment option for reversing the signs of skin aging. Skin resurfacing can restore the tone and glow to your face through the formation of a completely new skin layer. This re-epithelisation process along with the formation of new collagen is the quickest way to minimize wrinkles, sun damage, age spots, and skin laxity.
The SmartXide DOT (Dermal Optical Thermolysis) laser employs the latest fractional technology, splitting the co2 laser facial beam into fine micro-beams of energy. These beams of light contract the old collagen within wrinkles and incite the body’s natural healing process to create new, youthful collagen in the skin. SmartXide is unique in its ability to treat small, specific areas, including areas around the eyes and mouth. Unlike older laser technologies, the SmartXide leaves islands of healthy tissue surrounding the microscopic DOTs. This enables your skin to heal more rapidly. Afterward, your skin will be red, similar to a sunburn. You may also experience some peeling after about three to four days. In most cases, your skin will return to its normal appearance in about 7 to 10 days, in some cases it may take longer.
The SmartXide DOT CO2 laser can be used on most body areas to significantly:
- Improve the appearance of aged and sun damaged skin
- Reduce wrinkles, lines, and enlarged pores
- Remove age spots and solar letigines (brown pigment)
- Tighten loose skin and improve the skin’s overall texture
- Improve the appearance of melasma
- Soften acne scars
- Minimize stretch marks, surgical scars, and traumatic scars
At Finesse, we customize your SmartXide DOT treatment to deliver the best possible results with the least amount of downtime. If you are considering Fractional CO2 treatments in the Boston area, come to Finesse where our medical staff performs SmartXide DOT CO2 treatments. Schedule an appointment today to speak directly with a Boston cosmetic surgery with the experience to answer your questions and help you make an educated decision.
Before & After Photos – Fractional CO2 Laser Treatments
The photographs on this page illustrate typical results of cosmetic procedures performed at Finesse. Individual results will vary.
Fractional CO2 Frequently Asked Questions
How does the SmartXide DOT Fractional CO2 laser work?
The SmartXide DOT laser penetrates into the dermis, which is the supporting layer of the skin and which contains most of the skin’s collagen. SmartXide DOT targets water in these tissues, resulting in tissue ablation inside the dot. Each dot is surrounded by a zone of thermal tissue damage formed by the laser. This thermal damage is responsible for the superior results seen with co2 laser facial.
What areas can I treat with the SmartXide DOT Fractional CO2 laser?
Unlike previous co2 laser facial treatments, which were restricted to the face, SmartXide DOT can be used on many areas of the body, including the eyelids, hands, elbows, neck, and décolletage. In addition to areas of loose skin, wrinkled skin, or even crepe paper skin, SmartXide DOT provides excellent results when used for scar revision and for treatment of pigmentation problems and stretch marks.
How quickly will I see results from the SmartXide DOT Fractional CO2 laser?
Collagen shrinkage as a result of thermal damage results in some immediate skin tightening. More importantly, further improvements in skin tightness and collagen density occur as a result of collagen remodeling and begin about thirty days after the treatment. These improvements continue for up to six months after the treatment.
Does the SmartXide DOT Fractional CO2 treatment hurt?
We will numb the treatment area with topical anesthetic prior to treatment with the SmartXide. We also use a Zimmer air cooling system to further minimize discomfort.
How is the SmartXide DOT laser different from older fully ablative CO2 lasers?
Fully ablative co2 laser facial remove the entire skin surface. This results in a somewhat long and painful healing process with up to one month of downtime. Because the SmartXide DOT leaves the skin around each dot intact, the skin heals in from the surrounding tissue; therefore, healing times are drastically diminished – as are potential complications.
How many SmartXide DOT Fractional CO2 treatments will I need?
We will customize your treatment protocol to best fit your current skin condition, desired outcome, and tolerance for social downtime. The more aggressive we are with our treatment settings, the less likely it is that you will need multiple treatments. Excellent results can often be achieved with a single session. However, patients with deep wrinkles, excessive laxity, or deep scarring will need -two to five treatments to achieve their desired result.