Dramatic skin resurfacing and regeneration treatment using the world’s leading dermatological CO2 laser by DEKA.
CO2 laser skin resurfacing is one of the most advanced skin rejuvenation treatments available and is highly effective in treating both superficial and deep skin problems, such as acne scarring, wrinkles and pigmentation with minimal downtime.
The treatment is tailored to the individual depending on their skin type and the degree of facial ageing. The results are smoother, fresher and more youthful looking skin.
CO2 Laser Resurfacing can be used to treat the face, neck, décolletage, hands and other troubled parts of the body.
Conditions the SmartXide CO2 laser can treat:
- Severe Skin Damage
- Uneven Skin Texture
- Deep Wrinkles
- Pigmentation Irregularities
- Acne Scars
- Stretch Marks
How does the treatment work?
The SmartXide laser emits light in a pixelated fashion to your skin creating small columns of thermal injury to the epidermis (top layer of skin) and dermis (second layer of skin). This small amount of injury to your skin tissue stimulates the process of collagen remodelling and promotes elastic tissue formation.
How many treatments are necessary?
The number of treatments required is dependent upon the exact type of treatment chosen. The SmartXide offers a ‘Soft Laser Peel’ and a ‘Deep Laser Peel’. A Deep Laser Peel delivers the greatest improvement for lines and wrinkles and loss of elasticity and requires the fewest treatments. However, the downtime post-treatment is longer. Typically, only 1 session is needed, though some people do opt to repeat treatment after six months for further improvement. Milder treatments will require follow-up sessions after 4 – 6 weeks.
Am I suitable for treatment?
The SmartXide is suitable for both men and women and can significantly improve the appearance of the skin. The first step in treatment involves a thorough consultation to assess your concerns and ensure you are suitable.
How does the treatment feel?
Treatment sensation varies from individual to individual. You can expect a slight ‘stinging’ sensation, but most people find it tolerable. To increase your comfort, we can apply a topical anaesthetic prior to treatment.
Are there any side effects?
We will provide you with aftercare instructions. Please refer to this for guidance. In the case of a deep peel, you may wish to arrange for a few days off work. It is best not to apply make-up for a few days. It is also important to avoid prolonged sun exposure and you should apply sun protection (minimum SPF 50) every day, whatever the weather.
How long does each treatment take?
It takes about 30 minutes to treat the full face. However, some pre and post treatment care is required, and you will need to be at the clinic for about 2 hours.
What should I expect after treatment?
This varies depending on the intensity of your treatment. You can experience nothing other than mild redness for a few hours, or, in the case of a very deep peel, up to several days of downtime. This downtime may include redness and a feeling similar to sunburn. With a deep peel, it is also normal to experience swelling, particularly around the eyes. Swelling may be present for up to 4 days after treatment.
For the first few days following treatment, your skin will form a ‘micro-crust’ and will have a bronzed appearance. The skin will also feel quite tight and it is important that your skin does not dry out (using Vaseline will help to avoid this). The length of downtime will vary depending upon the density and depth of the treatment. We will carefully discuss your treatment goals and expected downtime during a consultation.
Prior to treatment, you must first undergo a consultation where details about your medical history are obtained in order to confirm suitability. Before proceeding, you will be asked to sign a consent form and undergo a test patch.