Candela Smoothbeam™ Laser

Smoothbeam Laser for Acne

Clear skin is right around the corner. The Smoothbeam Acne Laser is the only laser clinically proven to target acne at the root cause, the oil gland.   Acne is an inflammatory skin condition affecting the pilosebaceous unit. Part of this unit, found in the vital portion of the skin, are the oil glands (sebaceous glands) which secrete oil into the hair follicle.  Each follicle contains a small, vellus hair and a sebaceous gland. The oil glands within these follicles are often overactive during the teenage years and puberty, playing a key role in the development of acne.

Acne is most common on the face, neck, shoulders, upper back, and chest where there is a high concentration of oil glands.

Symptoms of acne include red spots, blackheads, whiteheads, nodules and cysts. Acne affects 80 percent of the human population with almost no person passing through their adolescence years without experiencing some form of a blemish or pimple.

What causes Acne?

Acne is caused by stress, hormones, genetics and foods with a high glycemic index (i.e. simple sugars). During the adolescent years especially, elevations in testosterone levels are believed to cause an increase in the oil gland size and oil output. As the skin sheds dead cells, a process called keratinization occurs, which in addition to increased oil production, can block the opening of the follicle. As oil production and increased keritinization occur, the pore becomes plugged and a "pimple" develops. Bacteria (Propionibacterium acnes - P.Acnes) thrive on the oil in the plugged follicle and multiply. These variables work together to create inflamation and the follicle blocks off to produce acne.  As the p.acnes multiply and the follicle remains closed, the follicle can rupture leading to severe inflammation and the formation of deep cysts.

The Smoothbeam Laser effectively treats acne by heating and shrinking the oil glands while cooling and protecting the top layer of the skin.  As the oil glands shrink, there is less oil production and thus, less food for the bacteria to feed.  This effect lessens inflamation and in turn makes the follicle less likely to block off and cause a pimple (acne).  The Smoothbeam Laser treatment for acne takes about 20-30 to perform.  Intially, 4 treatments are required.  The treatments are performed at 3-4 week intervals.  Patients have reported mild discomfort the Smoothbeam treatments, but anesthetic cream and others measures are available to lessen discomfort.  At least 80% of patients treated report excellent results.  The time after treatment when patients report success can vary.  Since there are multiple variables involved with acne, M.D Spa and Laser recommends a multi-factorial approach to treatment.  Incorporating good skin hygeine, pore cleansing facials with the Smoothbeam Laser often affords the best results.  

Treatment of Acne Scars and Periorbital Wrinkles

Revitalize your skin's youthful appearance. Smooth away periorbital wrinkles (wrinkles around the eyes, also known as "crow's feet") and acne scars with the Smoothbeam™ laser with no downtime and minimal pain. Smoothbeam laser is a novel, non-invasive way to treat your skin.

The laser employs a revolutionary, patented LASR™ (laser assisted skin renewal) process which, with DCD™ (Dynamic Cooling Device), targets and heats collagen in the upper dermis while protecting the epidermis. Heating the dermis with the Smoothbeam Laser stimulates new collagen formation, which lessens the appearance of fine lines and acne scars.

Smoothbeam's Laser Assisted Skin Renewal is an "inside out" approach to healthier looking skin. The patented LASR process represents an advanced technology for remodeling the body’s natural collagen using no dangerous chemicals, needles, anesthesia, and requires no aftercare or down time - just healthier, better looking skin. 

In the past, collagen obtained from cows was used to plump up wrinkles, lip lines, crow's feet, smile lines and acne scars. While this procedure provides excellent results, the body detects cow collagen as a foreign substance and eliminates it slowly within 3 to 6 months requiring you to repeat the process, again and again. The expense involved in a lifetime of repeated treatments can be substantial. 

Smoothbeam's Laser Assisted Skin Renewal features a unique wavelength of laser light that selectively heats the upper layer of skin, causing a mild thermal injury. The body's natural healing response begins to initiate its own collagen which remodels in the treated area. The entire procedure is performed quickly, safely, and has no patient down time because the treatment is non-invasive. After a treatment, you can go about your daily activities without anyone knowing you had a skin renewal treatment.

Smoothbeam Treatment Renews Skin While Protecting It

An integral part of the LASR process incorporates the use of a (DCD) Dynamic Cooling Device. DCD protects the skin by automating the delivery of a cool, cryogen spray to protect the treated area of skin. As it cools, it protects the skin making our Smoothbeam treatment comfortable. 

A typical treatment will take between 10 and 30 minutes. Because there is no downtime, this laser treatment is considered a "lunchtime" procedure in which you can go back to work, or resume daily activities.  

Several treatments may be required, depending on anatomical location and the extent of desired results.  Avoid sun exposure for 3-4 weeks before treatment, and again after treatment. Care should be taken in the first few days following treatments to avoid scrubbing or rinsing the treated area with abrasive skin cleansers.

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M.D. Spa and Laser offers one of the finest day spa facilities in the county. Staffed with three highly trained Medical Estheticians, M.D. Spa and laser offers facials, peels, waxing and massage services. Services are provided in beautiful and serene environment where safety, service and results are our 1st priority.

Our medical estheticians carefully evaluate each clients needs and tailor a unique skin-fitness program. Committed to results and implementing advanced technologies, our estheticians at M.D. Spa and Laser are continually involved in advancing their education through educational seminars and ongoing product training. As your skin and needs change, so does our approach.

M.D. Spa and Laser is committed to offering only the finest products and services available today. Many of our peels are only offered in a physician-supervised environment and are not available in typical day spas. The uniqueness of the M.D. Spa and Laser's day spa program translates into superior results with the comfort and safety of a physician-supervised environment.

Come rejuvenate in the tranquil environment of M.D. Spa and Laser with a calming facial or relaxing massage. Schedule a free consultation today and learn why M.D. Spa and Laser is the premier day spa in San Luis Obispo County.