The Smoothbeam laser is a well-known diode laser that has several uses, including the treatment of fine lines and wrinkles and acne scars. Smoothbeam treatment is gentle, safe, and requires no downtime. Treatments can be performed on all skin types and will not only result in improvement in the texture of the skin, but in acne reduction, as well.1

How Smoothbeam Works

The Smoothbeam is a non-ablative laser, which means that it does not remove any of the skin’s surface during the treatment. It is very gentle and after a series of Smoothbeam treatments the skin appears refreshed and younger. Smoothbeam is used to treat:

 

What is the treatment like?

The procedure involves the delivery of a special wavelength of laser energy deep below the skin to the level of the dermis, stimulating collagen and smoothing the skin’s surface. The skin is protected by a cooling spray of cryogen that occurs simulataneously with the laser pulses. The procedure is tolerated quite well and no downtime is required afterwards. Tanning must be avoided before and after the treatment.

How many treatments are required?

Generally four treatments are necessary at an interval of three weeks to four weeks apart.

Is Smoothbeam right for me if I have dark skin?

This treatment can be used effectively on dark skin.Clinical studies have shown Smoothbeam to be effective and safe for skin types I-V (skin phototypes I-V)1.

The settings and treatment plan will vary by individual and skin type, which allows us to provide safe and effective treatments to such a wide variety of skin types.

What treatments can be performed in combination with Smoothbeam?

Sapphire abrasion, Intense Pulsed Light, Vbeam pulsed dye laser as well as BOTOX and filler injections are commonly used with Smoothbeam laser. Smoothbeam laser treatments are great as a part of a comprehensive facial rejuvenation program.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can laser treatment leave scars?

Yes, laser treatment can leave scars when it's performed incorrectly, or when you don't follow the prescribed pre or post-treatment protocols. Our physicians who perform our laser treatments take this risk very seriously, and have a proven track-record of safe and effective treatments. However, we do regularly see patients who have scars from previous treatments done elsewhere for scar removal treatments at our office.

Is acne laser treatment permanent?

No acne treatment is permanent - just like no fat loss is every permanent if you overeat and no facelift can stop aging forever - circumstances can cause your acne to reappear months after a successful acne treatment - or even decades later.

What is Smoothbeam laser?

SmoothBeam is a Diode laser with a 1450 wavelength. SmoothBeam was the first laser to be approved by the FDA to treat acne.

How does the Smoothbeam compare to blue-light devices?

Blue light devices target surface bacteria, while SmoothBeam treats the root cause of acne, which is the sebaceous gland overproducing oil (sebum), as well as killing off some of the bacteria that causes acne breakouts.

How long does your face stay red after laser?

Generally, you can expect redness to last for just a few hours after SmoothBeam. This is not like a laser resurfacing treatment where the skin is red and flaky for many days or weeks - instead, this laser targets your acne specifically, and so there isn't a long or difficult downtime.

Can you shower after laser treatment?

You may shower, but try to avoid wetting, touching, washing, or applying makeup to your face for 12 hours after treatment with SmoothBeam.

Can I wear makeup after laser acne treatment?

We recommend you wait the following amount of time after a SmoothBeam treatment: 12 hours before washing your face with a gentle non-abrasive facial cleanser. You may apply moisturizer right away. You may apply makeup the day after.

Can you moisturize after laser treatment?

Yes, you can moisturize directly after a SmoothBeam Laser treatment - this is not the case with all laser treatments by any means.

 

Sources:

1. Tanzi, E. L. and Alster, T. S. (2004), Comparison of a 1450-nm Diode Laser and a 1320-nm Nd:YAG Laser in the Treatment of Atrophic Facial Scars: A Prospective Clinical and Histologic Study. Dermatologic Surgery, 30: 152–157. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2004.30078.x

 

Cosmetic & Laser Physician at

Dr. Michelle Ellern’s skillful hands, artful techniques, and warm and caring personality as a cosmetic physician make her a wonderful addition to Reflections. She is certified in Aesthetic Medicine by the American Academy of Aesthetic Medicine, and is Board Certified in Internal Medicine.