What is Smoothbeam?
The smoothbeam laser, by Candela, is a 1450 nm diode with a Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD). The infrared laser targets water and generates thermal energy to the dermis, while the cooling device increases the comfort of the patient and prevents injury to superficial tissue.
What does Smoothbeam target?
Smoothbeam targets the upper dermis of the skin to alter the sebaceous glands that are the root cause of chronic acne. Smoothbeam is effective on fine-to-moderate wrinkles around the eyes and eyelids, acne scarring, active acne and the rebuilding of collagen.
How do Smoothbeam treatments work?
Smoothbeam applies photo-thermal energy directly to the sebaceous glands by utilizing the energy of laser light, while applying a cryogen spray to the surface of the skin to cool the dermal layer during treatment. This process triggers the production of new collagen, which fills and softens acne scars “from the inside out” by lifting up the depressions that have been caused by chronic acne.
How many treatments are required and how long do the results last?
Typically, three to four treatments are required to experience maximum results. Research has shown that within eight weeks of the first treatment, patients exhibited an 83% reduction in facial acne with a remission period of up to 18 months.
What side effects may be associated with Smoothbeam treatments?
Smoothbeam is one of the newest non-invasive lasers, which do not burn, cut or remove the surface of the skin. The action of the Smoothbeam laser takes place under the layers of skin, this eliminates a lot of the discomfort or peeling that may occur with laser-resurfacing systems.
How long does a Smoothbeam laser treatment take?
Smoothbeam is considered a “lunchtime” procedure, taking from 10 to 30 minutes. After the treatment is completed there is no downtime and the patient can resume their individual daily routine.
What occurs during a Smoothbeam treatment?
Both the patient and the physician are required to wear eye protection during the procedure. The physician will utilize a small hand-piece with a probe that is moved across the skin to deliver the laser light to the affected area. With each pass a cool cryogen spray is delivered across the treatment area to keep the surface skin cool during the laser treatment.
Who is a candidate for Smoothbeam?
Ideal candidates are patients who have natural age induced wrinkling around the eyes or dermal problems caused by acute and chronic acne.
Who is qualified to perform a Smoothbeam treatment?
A Smoothbeam treatment must be conducted by a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon or a clinically trained staff member.
What is the cost of a Smoothbeam treatment?
The cost of a smoothbeam treatment varies based on geographic location, skill of the surgeon and the number of areas treated and the number of treatments required for each patient. A single treatment typically costs $600-$800.
Disclaimer: This information is intended only as an introduction to this procedure. This information should not be used to determine whether you will have the procedure performed nor does it guarantee results of your elective surgery. Further details regarding surgical standards and procedures should be discussed with your physician.
By Anti-Aging.org Staff
Updated: January 17, 2009