Active Acne Treatment
How SmoothBeam Works
SmoothBeam is an advanced multi-effect non-ablative* laser treatment applicable to acne scarring, active acne, and collagen loss. These quick and comfortable laser treatments are very helpful in reducing active acne and acne scars and reversing some of the collagen loss of aging. SmoothBeam stimulates the body’s natural collagen-building process by a burst of laser light which creates heat beneath the skin surface.
*Individuals Results May Vary.
By triggering the production of new collagen, the SmoothBeam spurs the body to partially lift acne scars “from the inside out” with the new collagen base. SmoothBeam is a totally non-invasive laser. Non-invasive (non-ablative) lasers do not burn, cut or remove the skin surface. Instead, their action occurs underneath the outer layers of the skin. Because the laser works at a deep level, you won’t experience any significant pain or peeling. Red acne scars benefit from vascular lasers such as the Vbeam.
The SmoothBeam laser employs a revolutionary, patented process with DCD (Dynamic Cooling Device). This device first deep-cools the area of skin to be treated with a short blast of cryogen spray which protects the epidermis. This is instantly followed by the laser beam which targets the upper dermis.
This combined cooling/heating process protects the outer layer of skin while allowing the heat to reprogram the collagen-building process within the deeper layers of your skin. The scars are then filled in from the “inside out” by the production of this new collagen. Multiple treatments are necessary to stimulate collagen and minimize the acne scars.
Non-ablative lasers like SmoothBeam have their place and are a good choice for those who are averse to any downtime. Newer lasers, especially the Fraxel laser systems, produce a more marked response, but will, depending on the level of treatment, produce redness and sometimes swelling. Still, the special nature of Fraxel makes it the leading laser in Acne Scar Reduction.
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*Individual Results May Vary
Because the SmoothBeam actually alters the function of the oil-producing sebaceous glands, active acne is greatly reduced. Less acne translates to less future acne scarring. SmoothBeam is frequently used in combination with Vbeam laser treatments to reduce redness from acne scars. In 2010 a new acne system came on the market and is making great strides in helping control acne. Isolaz uses suction and bacteria-killing light to remove the “food source” for acne bacteria and kill the present p.acnes bacteria within and around the follicle.
Results may vary for each patient and each laser system; you should discuss your expectations with Dr. Pilest. Several treatments may be required, depending on anatomical location and the extent of desired results.
Wrinkling is caused by loss of collagen and elastin in the skin. SmoothBeam’s technology causes the body to reactivate the production of collagen to areas that have lost their “fill” (wrinkles). This new collagen improves the skin’s elastic capabilities and overall tone. SmoothBeam helps your skin feel firmer, smoother, and show fewer fine wrinkles.
SmoothBeam’s patented LASR™ (laser-assisted skin renewal) process provides skin renewal by combining two unique elements: 1. A gentle laser pulse that stimulates the formation of new collagen just beneath the surface of your skin. 2. A proprietary Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) that sprays the upper layers of your skin with a fine mist of cryogen prior to, during, and after the laser pulse, cooling and protecting the surface of your skin. Each pulse cycle of cooling and heating occurs within a second, making the process fast and comfortable.
One of the most exciting aspects of SmoothBeam technology is that it allows laser treatment in short “lunchtime” procedures. Treatments generally take 10 to 30 minutes. After your treatment, you can go right back to work or out to dinner without anyone knowing you’ve had treatment. Or, if you like, you can choose more aggressive treatment. The number of treatments and interval of treatments varies depending on the severity of the condition and the extent of the improvement desired.
You and the doctor will wear safety glasses to protect your eyes during the procedure. The doctor will use a small handpiece with a probe that touches your skin to deliver the laser light. You will feel the light spray of coolant onto your skin during each laser pulse.
Because the lasers dynamic cooling device is so effective, many patients report the procedure as “mild”, with little more than a slight snapping or tingling sensation. Of course, pain is subjective, and topical anesthetics can be used, if you prefer.
Several treatments may be required, depending on anatomical location and the extent of desired results.
Avoid sun exposure for 4-6 weeks before treatment, and again after treatment until your physician allows it. Care should be taken in the first few days following treatments to avoid scrubbing or rinsing the treated area with abrasive skin cleansers.
In general, most procedures have a low risk of side effects. More aggressive treatments might induce some temporary discoloration or reddening of the skin. Some patients might experience pigment changes in skin color. If this occurs, the skin will typically return to normal pigmentation over time.
During your consultation, Dr. Pilest will be able to determine the best course of treatment for your skin condition.
*Individual Results May Vary
When it comes to your skin and your health, it really is all about what’s best for you. Total Dermatology understands this, which is why we offer versatile treatments with experienced and highly trained aesthetic professionals led by Dr. Nissan Pilest. Your Total Dermatology transformation awaits.