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Non- ablative technology has been at the forefront of aesthetic laser treatment. Patients no longer seek permanent, yet drastic results of laser resurfacing, which require long post-treatment social isolation, and involve potential complications such as infections or scarring. Patients are increasingly receptive to more subtle results in exchange for the possibility of returning to their social or professional activities immediately after treatment.

Treat Acne, Acne Scars and Wrinkles with one Device

One new device for non-ablative treatment is the Smoothbeam laser from Candela Corporation. This device has a wavelength of 1450nm; it is preferentially absorbed by the water in the papillary dermis. The pulse duration of this laser is 250nm. The pulse is a combination of laser pulses and sprays of cryogen. Candela's Dynamic Cooling DeviceT (DCDT) is integrated in the device, ensuring optimal protection of the epidermis during treatment.

What skin conditions does the Smoothbeam laser treat?
Smoothbeam helps to renew skin by stimulating the generation of new collagen formation of the skin.

Who is a good candidate for skin renewal laser treatment with Smoothbeam?
You are a good candidate for Smoothbeam treatment if: You want to start a "Fitness" program for your skin. You are seeking to postpone more aggressive treatment, such as surgery.

How does smoothbeam work?
Smoothbeam laser treatment is a new, non-invasive way to treat your skin. The laser employs a revolutionary, patented laser process with DCDT, which targets and heats collagen in the upper dermis while protecting the epidermis.

How long does a smoothbeam treatment take, and how many treatments will I need?
A typical treatment will take between 10 and 30 minutes. Depending on the degree of aggressiveness you and your doctor decide on. Your treatment can be a "lunchtime" procedure, in which there will be a brief recuperative period. Consult with our physician about your treatment schedule and interval between subsequent treatments.
What will the procedure itself be like?
You and your 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 just before each laser pulse.

Is there any pain involved in laser treatment with Smoothbeam?
Because the laser's DVDT 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 the patient wishes.

What results can I expect from the treatment?
Although results vary, you should discuss your expectations with your doctor.

How long before I see results?
Several treatments may be required. Depending on anatomical location and the extent of desired results.

What precautions should be taken before and after the treatment?
Avoid sun exposure for 4- 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.

Are there any side effects to the treatment with Smoothbeam?
In general, most procedure have a low risk of side effect. 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.

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