Smart Xide Dot CO2 Laser - Frequently asked questions

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What is Smart Xide Dot CO2 Laser Treatment?

Smart Xide Dot CO2 Laser Treatment is a Laser Skin Resurfacing treatment, used to remove or improve fine wrinkles, acne and surgical scars, stretch marks, poor texture, large pores, sun damage and uneven pigmentation.

The laser removes the top layers of the skin or dermis, at the same time heating the deeper skin layers. This stimulates the deeper layers to produce collagen to repair the ‘damage’. The new skin will be smoother, softer and ‘younger’.

The advantage of the Smart Xide Dot CO2 Laser  is that rather than removing the entire surface of the skin, its fast scanning technology means it can ‘dot resurface’ the skin, making miniscule holes in the dermis. The dot pattern, spacing and power of the laser can all be adapted to the specific condition of each treatment area and patient’s skin type. The creation of tiny ‘spots’ of skin over the area, rather than the whole layer, reduces the risks and side-effects.

Smart Xide Dot CO2 Laser Resurfacing can be used on the face, neck, décolletage, arms and hands.

What’s involved in Smart Xide Dot CO2 Laser Treatment?

A Smart Xide Dot CO2 laser treatment usually last 30-60 minutes and is performed under local anaesthetic.

What are the risks of Smart Xide Dot CO2 Laser Treatment?

Smart Xide Dot CO2 laser resurfacing carries a risk of scarring, increased pigmentation (hyperpigmentation) and reduced pigmentation (hypopigmentation). It may also cause cold sores or acne to reappear.

Smart Xide may not be suitable if you are taking medications that cause skin sensitivity, or have taken them in recent months. It may also not be ideal for those with very dark or tanned skins, so discuss this with your practitioner.

How long will it take me to recover from Smart Xide Dot CO2 Laser Treatment?

You will experience swelling, redness and redness, but these will gradually fade over the next 3-7 days. You may also experience some flaking and peeling and your skin will need to be cleaned carefully and protected with sunblock. You will usually need to take a few days off work until the skin heals, and longer if you are in a strenuous job.

You will need 3 or 4 sessions to see the best results, and results will last for 3-4 months.

How much will Smart Xide Dot CO2 laser resurfacing treatment cost?

Prices for Smart Xide Dot CO2 laser resurfacing range from £600 to £12500 per session. Many clinics offer a discount for a course of three of four treatments.

 

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