Teens and adults dealing with acne often turn to oral contraceptives and prescription topical products to keep their skin under control.
Unfortunately, these strategies don't always work, and there are now cosmetic acne treatments available that not only reduce or eliminate acne, but can also improve overall skin tone. The Smoothbeam laser is an FDA-approved treatment designed to treat a number of skin issues, and has been proven to effectively treat and eliminate acne.
Here’s a close look at how the Smoothbeam laser works, and what to expect during and after the procedure:
How Smoothbeam for Acne Works
The Smoothbeam laser works by heating up the collagen and sebaceous glands in the dermis, and stimulating the body’s collagen-building process. It is a non-ablative laser because there is no burning or cutting of the skin involved. As the skin begins to heal, the top layer may begin to shed and appear slightly red.
For individuals with acne, the effect is a deep exfoliation treatment coupled with the stimulation of the skin cell renewal process. Since this treatment helps to increase collagen and enhances the healing process, individuals with acne and acne scars may experience a better skin tone and the steady reduction of acne and acne scars.
Smoothbeam treatments cost between $300 to $500 per session, and some medical spas and cosmetic dermatologists offer discounted packages for individuals undergoing a series of treatments.
What to Expect with the Smoothbeam Laser
Each treatment lasts about 20 to 30 minutes, and is a targeted treatment that delivers heat energy deep into the skin’s surface. You may feel a slight tingling sensation during the treatment, and the skin will swell and be sore for a few hours after the procedure. In some cases, a topical anesthetic is used to reduce discomfort during and after the procedure.
Most people need to undergo between two to six Smoothbeam treatments in order to see any results, and treatments can be performed every three to four weeks. Collagen begins to form after the first laser treatment, and will continue to form for weeks and months after the procedure.
As the skin becomes stronger and more resilient, the appearance of acne will be dramatically reduced and the skin will break out more often.
The Smoothbeam laser is not a good match for people with darker skin, as there is a risk of hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation with darker skin types. Individuals that are taking Accutane to treat their acne will need to stop for at least six months to a year before pursuing treatment, as the medication can interfere with the skin’s healing process and may result in unwanted side effects. After going through the Smoothbeam laser treatment, patients are advised to avoid sun exposure for about 4 to 6 weeks before treatment.
Learn more about acne treatments in our information guide, or consult with a cosmetic dermatologist in your area to find out if you may be a good candidate for the Smoothbeam laser.