Day 4 – Post SmartDot Procedure
We’re at Day 4 post procedure. And as you can see, the majority of the dry skin on my face has sloughed off. So with the exception of maybe my temple area here and a little bit on my jaw line. So that is still a little bit rough and has that sandpaper feel.
And then, of course, my neck is is moving at a slower pace. So what I have been doing is applying the aquifer about three times a day. So I wash my face in the morning with the Cetaphil in the shower and then apply the aquifer. I’m doing that in a circular motion to help slough off some of that dead skin.
And then I do that again in the afternoon. I do do a mild rinse in the afternoon just to kind of get that that dead skin will tend to peel up as you apply the Aquaphor in that circular motion. So in the afternoon, I am using a mild, you know, just kind of warm water and a little bit of Cetaphil to rinse that off.
And then again, I’m washing my face in the evening before bed and then applying the Aquaphor again. So this is again day for post procedures so that you can get a good idea of the progression.
SmartXide is a fractional CO2 laser treatment that uses dermal optical thermolysis (aka DOT therapy) to treat skin conditions like wrinkles and fine lines, hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, loss of elasticity, and acne scars. Traditional CO2 lasers are ablative, which means they remove the skin’s surface layer. They can be painful and require a week or more of downtime. The SmartXide laser is considered “micro-ablative”; it creates thousands of microscopic perforations, in a dot pattern. There’s no damage to the surrounding skin, so the area heals faster. It also stimulates collagen production more quickly.
Cincinnati facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jon Mendelson says, “The SmartXide laser has been one of the best skin resurfacing devices I’ve ever used. It basically treats most skin conditions, including sunspots, fine lines, lip lines, crow’s feet, hyperpigmentation, acne scars, rhinophyma, and other aging skin conditions very well. The only thing it doesn’t help with is broken blood vessels. For this we use intense pulsed light [IPL].” Because SmartXide doesn’t go as deep as traditional CO2 lasers, the treatment requires only topical anesthesia and isn’t considered painful—although you might feel some minor discomfort, often described as a stinging sensation. You’ll also receive protective eyewear. The treatment should take about an hou
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