Day 7 – Post SmartDot Procedure
It’s the morning of day seven and for the most part, everything is really healed very nicely. I am still using a thin layer of Aquaphor, and then I did start to use today. This is tinted sunscreen that I picked up from the office, and I did start to use that today. So the redness under my eyes, I don’t know if you can see, but there is still just like a little scab here and a little spot here. And then there was just a little bit of redness around my mouth, but that has pretty much been able to be covered with the tinted sunscreen.
Now it is important at this point to only use the products that they approve. So I go back for my follow up tomorrow and we’ll find out when I can start to use my regular skin care and makeup. But for the most part, I would say day six day seven is when you can feel pretty comfortable, you know, going back out and not worrying about too much visible redness and dryness.
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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