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How does Laser Skin Resurfacing work to improve skin quality?

Article by Dr Tracy Mountford
As a Cosmetic Doctor I am noticing more and more patients are requesting treatments to improve their overall skin quality, especially those that have positions in film and television, media and business, where part of their jobs is looking good for their business. One of the biggest age giveaways is the tone, texture and condition of your skin.

As we age the skin becomes lax and can become dehydrated and the overall tone can become very sallow. Whilst non-surgical facial rejuvenation goes some way towards combating this it does not nearly do enough to improve the overall skin quality. The best time of year to address this problem is the winter as there is less sun and is the ideal time to have a laser skin resurfacing treatment.

At The Cosmetic Skin Clinic we perform this treatment with our Smartxide DOT Co2 laser. This particular treatment is quick and easy and takes less than an hour to perform. It reduces the appearance of wrinkles, small and large acne scars and dark marks on your face, neck, hands and décolletage.

Does it hurt? Will I need anaesthetic?
A topical numbing cream is applied 40 minutes before treatment. The only sensation you can expect is slight ‘stinging’ that only lasts for only a fraction of a second. The treatment is safe and effective meaning that it can be used on every part of your face neck hands even with the finest most delicate skin – types.

Who is SmartXide Dot Treatment suitable for?

The SmartXide Dot Treatment is suitable for everyone and all skin- types. Suitable for fine lines and wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, pigmentation, enlarged pores, scars on the face and body and for improved tightness and texture on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands.

How many treatments will it takes to see the best results?
The results will be visible after the first session, but continue to develop for 3-6 months.

Are there any unpleasant side effects after the treatment?
You may experience a sensation similar to what you feel after your first day on the beach, as well as a slight redness for a few days.

When will the first results be visible?
The majority of patients observe increased skin tone after the first treatment. You may also notice that your skin marks have faded after one single treatment, although two may be necessary to see these effects. Your practitioner will work out the best programme for treating deep wrinkles.

Are the results permanent?
All the improvements in your skin obtained with SmartXide DOT are permanent. Nevertheless, the beneficial effects will gradually diminish with the natural ageing process. Remember that smoking, drinking alcohol and poor eating habits all accelerate the ageing process.

Patient testimonial that received Smartxide treatment  at The Cosmetic Skin Clinic
“As a doctor myself, I was greatly reassured by Tracy’s medical expertise and her attitude to clinical safety, as well as her ethos of seeking a natural look. Tracy’s recommendation was 2 SmartXide laser treatments to my face and neck. I had my first SmartXide treatment 4 months ago and I am so pleased with the result that I am going to have my second treatment next month. Within a week my skin was much softer and fresher-looking than before, with fewer wrinkles and blemishes. And the improvement has continued, so much so that I no longer use foundation which is how I used to try and cover things up!”

Laura Medical Practitioner
Prices for Smartxide CO2 Laser start from £600


Dr Tracy Mountford

Tracy is a top non-surgical cosmetic doctor to many A list celebrities and is highly regarded by her peer group. She is known for her light hands and natural looking results and has been voted one of the top Botox doctors in the UK. Tracy is the founder and Medical Director of The Cosmetic Skin Clinic and has over 20 years experience in advanced non-surgical facial rejuvenation techniques. She is a founder member of the BACD (British Association of Cosmetic Doctors) and is regarded as a key opinion leader in the field of aesthetic medicine. Tracy is frequently quoted in the national press & magazines. She has also appeared on television programmes such as - BBC Breakfast, ITV - GMTV & This Morning, UK Living - The Truth About Beauty and 10 Years Younger: The Challenge.

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  1. MarcieMom

    February 10, 2012

    I suppose for those who are celebrities they will be more concerned with their skin, as things get magnified on TV. Does this treatment work for people who have underlying skin disease like eczema? Have a blog for parents with eczema kids, but I’m hoping that my kid won’t be needing skin resurfacing!

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