Boise Skin Resurfacing Treatment
Silk Touch Cosmetic Surgery, Lipo & Medspa is the first to bring the Fractional CO2 Laser SmartXide DOT therapy to Boise, Idaho. Renew your skin in about an hour!
A carbon dioxide laser (CO2 laser) resurfaces skin with targeted beams of light. As the first laser designed for skin resurfacing, it’s been popular for the rejuvenation of aging and damaged skin. It is just one of our laser skin treatment options.
So how does a CO2 laser work? Electricity runs through a gas-filled tube to produce a specific wavelength of light. The light is emitted in short, concentrated beams, which target water molecules and vaporize skin cells. The laser removes surface cells of the epidermis, making way for fresh, clear new skin.
At the same time, it penetrates the skin's deeper dermis layer to stimulate new collagen production, which firms and smooths skin over time.
CO2 laser treatments can address fine lines and wrinkles; discoloration (including sun damage and age spots); acne scars; stretch marks; and uneven skin texture on the face, neck, and chest.
What are the Benefits of DOT Therapy™ CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing?
Some of the benefits include:
- Reverse the appearance of aged and sun-damaged skin
- Improve texture and firmness
- Smooth wrinkles and lines
- Reduce the appearance of acne and other scars
- Renew your skin
What exactly is the Smartxide DOT CO2 Laser?
The carbon dioxide CO2 laser has been the premier skin resurfacing tool for the past decade. Its primary advantage over peeling and other laser techniques is that it tightens the skin naturally while stimulating increased collagen production. The results approximate that of a mini-facelift, without incisions. CO2 laser resurfacing has been the “Gold Standard” for non-surgical facial rejuvenation and removal of facial skin wrinkles and photoaging since 1995.
Fractional Laser Resurfacing in Boise
During the past five years, a new technology called fractional laser resurfacing has been developed which has dramatically shortened recovery time and lessened the occurrence of complications. With fractional laser resurfacing the laser beam is broken up or fractionated into many small micro beams (DOTs) which are separated so that when they strike the skin surface small areas of the skin between the beams are not hit by the laser and left intact. These small areas of untreated skin promote a much more rapid recovery and healing with less risk of complications. The small areas treated by the fractional microbeams, called micro treatment zones, cause sufficient laser injury to promote new collagen production and resultant facial skin rejuvenation. (See Diagram Below)
What Does SmartXide DOT do?
The SmartXide DOT penetrates into the upper layer of the dermis. The dermis is the supporting layer of our skin and contains most of its collagen. SmartXide DOT targets water in the tissues resulting in tissue ablation inside the DOT. In addition, each DOT is surrounded by a zone of thermal tissue damage formed by the laser. Collagen shrinkage as a result of thermal damage results in some immediate skin tightening. More importantly, further improvements in skin tightness and collagen density occur as a result of collagen remodeling and begin about 30 days after the treatment. These improvements continue for up to one year.
See What Our Patients Are Saying!
“There is not a cosmetic treatment I could find that has made me this happy! The Dot Therapy not only erased my brown spots, uneven skin tone, and wrinkles, it also significantly improved the tightness and texture of my skin. The treatment took years off my face, allowing me to go without makeup and look more youthful with an even skin tone. I have seen even more improvement as the months go by. I love it when my friends and associates comment on how great I look. I would recommend this treatment over and over again…Thank you Dr Kerr for the wonderful treatment!”*
- Stephanie, Boise
Where can SmartXide DOT be used?
Another important feature of SmartXide DOT therapy is its ability to be used on body areas other than the face. Previous CO2 laser treatments were restricted to the face. The greater density of sebaceous glands and other deep skin structures allowed healing from below to occur on the face. This allowed complete ablative treatments that could not be done on other parts of the body. SmartXide DOT allows healing to occur from the intact skin to the side of the DOTs. This allows SmartXide DOT to be performed on almost any body area. The ability to treat any area of the body allows the treatment of problems such as loose skin, scars and stretch marks. This makes SmartXide DOT much more useful to patients.
Treatment begins with understanding the patient’s desires and needs. The laser settings we choose are determined by the problem the patient wishes to emphasize. While most treatments will improve both skin color and provide skin tightening or scar improvement, our Doctors have the ability to emphasize one area over another. Superficial problems like pigment disorders or mild wrinkles are treated with close DOTs. Deeper problems such as scars or deep skin creases are treated with more distance between DOTs and fewer overall DOTs, greater depth and longer times with dwell times. Patients whose primary concern is overall skin laxity and general wrinkling are treated between the two extremes. Treatments off the face generally use the similar distance between the DOTs and depth settings as the face but dwell times approximately one half the settings of facial treatments. Upper eyelids can be done with laser eye shields in place. The area is first covered with a topical anesthetic. The topical anesthetic is allowed to stay in place for about an hour. Using the topical anesthetic allows the SmartXide DOT treatment to be done with little discomfort. Immediately after having the procedure, the area we treated will feel hot. Therefore, we cool the area down with ice and a special cooler for about 30 minutes. Altogether, you should plan on about 2 hours for your SmartXide DOT treatment.
The results from SmartXide DOT treatments are impressive and approach those of full CO2 ablative treatments. Skin crease improvements are substantial. Pigment improvements are also excellent, and generally better than other treatments such as intense pulsed light. Scar revision results are substantial. However, one of the more exciting features of scar revision is the ease with which multiple treatments can be performed in an area. Overall, clinical results confirm the promise of SmartXide DOT therapy and position it to dominate the skin resurfacing market.
The DOT Smartxide treatment requires only local, topical anesthesia that is applied approximately 45 minutes prior to the procedure. After this period of time, the treatment is virtually painless. At approximately 3-4 days after the procedure, you will peel the upper layers of skin, revealing a fresh, new surface. We provide you with medications during this period to promote wound healing and minimize discomfort. After this phase, there may be some residual redness but most patients can resume their normal activities. The new collagen production doesn’t begin for 3-4 weeks after the procedure and we would like you to follow up at this point.
DOT therapy can be used to treat the skin of all ages and most skin types. It is ideal to treat the signs of sun-damage including pigment irregularities, wrinkles, skin laxity/sagging, and rough texture. It also can be used to treat all types of acne scarring and stretch marks. We have several other treatments that we couple with DOT therapy to maximize results. Please call or fill out a contact form here for a consultation to discuss this exciting treatment!