Laser Skin Rejuvenation
DEKA SmartXide DOT is a fractional CO2 laser system that works on an electronically pre-set network of points, without removing the entire skin surface, as with other systems. The light associated with CO2 lasers is able to stimulate skin rejuvenation, only hitting small areas in depth. It also reduces the usual rejuvenation side effects such as pain, scabbing and a lengthy recovery time. Skin redness following the treatment usually only lasts a few days, versus months as before, and can be masked with cosmetics. DEKA SmartXide DOT can help your skin regain its tone during the treatment, as well as reducing the appearance of wrinkles, small and large acne scars, and dark marks.
Does it hurt?
We apply a topical numbing cream (BLT) prior to the procedure. The laser feels like a hot rubber band snaps and your skin will feel hot for about 30-60 minutes following the procedure. You will be provided with ice packs and it is recommended to the ice at home the first night. A topical ointment is also applied afterward that will help bring down the warmth, swelling, or discomfort you are feeling.
What can I do for pain afterward at home?
Take an anti-inflammatory such as ibuprofen (up to 800mg q 8 hours), take an anti-histamine (i.e. Claritin, Zyrtec, Benadryl) for swelling, cool compresses or ice packs, and/or aloe gel (keep in the fridge for extra soothing).
What should I use at home?
We provide a gentle soap-free cleanser, Aquanil cleanser, as well as hypoallergenic creams and ointments (Vaniply, Aquaphor, Vanicream) to continuously apply for the next 3-4 days. A chemical-free sunscreen (Solbar SPF 35, Elta Physical, Elta UV Elements) will also be provided, however, we recommend limited sun exposure for the first few days after the treatment. If you are using your own sunscreen, make sure it only contains the active ingredients Zinc and/or Titanium). If you need a gentle cleanser, Cetaphil or Cerave is recommended.
Can I do activities afterward (exercise, gym, beach, pool)?
Weights, low-impact exercise, or walking is fine. Avoid overheating and sweating, however, as this tends to sting and create irritation of the treated area. Avoid chlorinated pools or Jacuzzis for the first 2-3 days. Avoid excess sun exposure.
When will I see results?
You will typically see results within 4-7 days, depending on the area treated and intensity. It will also stimulate collagen production for up to six months following the treatment.
What are the results I will see? What does it do?
The DEKA laser improves wrinkles, the texture of the skin, skin laxity, acne, and traumatic scars and dyschromia (discoloration), and dark spots.
Are the results long-lasting?
Yes, all the changes in your skin obtained with DEKA are permanent however, the effects will gradually diminish with the natural aging process. Remember that smoke, alcohol, excessive exposure to the sun, and poor eating habits all accelerate the aging process.
How many treatments do I need? Can I repeat the treatments?
You will see results with one treatment. Depending on sun damage, age, and severity, some people may need several treatments. You can repeat treatments one month apart and can do as many treatments as desired. Generally, patients do between one to three treatments, repeating once a year thereafter.
How long does the treatment take?
A topical numbing cream is applied first for approximately 25-30 minutes. The actual laser procedure takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Plan on spending approximately one hour at your scheduled appointment.
How long does it take to heal?
Healing time is between four to ten days depending on intensity and locations. Typically full face is between four to seven days, eyelift between four to five days, and neck/chest between seven to fourteen days.
When can I wear makeup? Exercise? Sun exposure?
Mineral makeup may be worn on day 2, and regular makeup can be worn on day 4. You can resume your normal activity.
What to be concerned with/When to call the office?
If you are experiencing an increase in pain, yellow or crusting of the treated skin, increased swelling and tenderness or new blistering lesions, please call our office at 719-301-6166.