SmoothBeam Laser Acne Treatment Review

by Wendy Travis

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Smoothbeam was the first laser acne treatment approved by the FDA, and is used by many dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons today. The laser effectively treats acne breakouts and scarring, for clearer skin that lasts much longer than with many other types of acne treatments. Healthy Skin Portal has the basics of the Smoothbeam laser to help you determine whether this is the best acne treatment for you.

What is the Smoothbeam Laser? The Smoothbeam laser has been approved by the FDA to treat acne, acne scarring and wrinkles. It can be used nearly anywhere on the body, including the face and back, where acne breakouts are most likely to occur. The laser provides a twofold approach to treatment, by both targeting the sebaceous glands under the skin that lead to breakouts and stimulating collagen production by the body, which results in smoother, clearer and younger looking skin.

Who can have Smoothbeam Laser Treatments?
The Smoothbeam laser works on all patients who want to minimize acne or acne scarring. It is safe for all skin types. However, if you have a darker skin tone, it is important to talk to your doctor about a test treatment prior to a full Smoothbeam treatment to ensure hyperpigmentation does not occur. Skin that has had recent sun exposure must wait 4-6 weeks to begin laser treatment. Patients who have been taking an oral medication like Accutane for their acne may need to wait 6-12 months before undergoing treatment.

How does the Smoothbeam Laser Work?
Our skin is primarily composed of water. The Smoothbeam laser light is absorbed by the water in your skin, so that the heat is penetrated underneath the skin's surface. This heat is directed at the sebaceous glands to create a mild thermal injury in the area that directly affects how the sebaceous glands function. When the sebaceous glands are affected by the laser light, they no longer cause the breakouts common with acne.

What is the Procedure Like?
Patients receive Smoothbeam laser acne treatments right in the doctor's office. Most do not require any sort of anesthesia or medication, since the procedure is not terribly uncomfortable. Most patients compare the experience to a rubber band snapping against the skin. However, some patients do request a topical anesthetic prior to the procedure to make the treatment more comfortable.

Treatment sessions may last anywhere from 5-30 minutes, depending on the size of the area to be treated. After the procedure, the patient can return to normal activities right away. Because the laser light is directed underneath the surface of the skin, there is no peeling that typically accompanies laser skin rejuvenation procedures. The skin may appear red for a few hours after the procedure, but discomfort is minimal.

What are the Risks and Side Effects of SmoothBeam?
Smoothbeam laser acne treatment is considered a relatively safe procedure with few side effects. Some patients may experience redness after the procedure and a few may see skin discoloration. Discoloration primarily occurs in darker skin tones and can be greatly minimized if the doctor performs a test procedure prior to the actual treatment. Burning and scarring have not been seen with Smoothbeam treatments.

How Many Treatments are Required?
Most patients require up to four sessions of Smoothbeam laser acne treatments to achieve desired results. According to some studies, four sessions will result in about a 70% reduction in acne breakouts. The results of the treatments may last up to two years before touch-up treatments are needed. Frequency of sessions and touch-ups will vary from patient to patient.

How does Smoothbeam Compare to other Acne Treatments?
Sunbeam laser acne treatments offer faster and longer-lasting results than many other laser acne treatments today. Most patients see a reduction of breakouts after just one session, and up to a 70% reduction after four treatment sessions. The results can last up to two years, which is much longer than traditional acne treatments can provide.

What does it Cost?
The cost of Smoothbeam laser acne treatments vary based on the experience of the doctor, the area to be treated and the area in which the procedure is performed. Patients can expect to pay anywhere from $200 to $500 a session, with up to four sessions required to achieve optimal results. Insurance does not typically cover the cost of cosmetic procedures like Smoothbeam, but most laser technicians offer financing options in their offices to make the procedure more affordable.

If you have tried other acne treatments to no avail, a laser procedure like SmoothBeam may be the answer. To learn more about this and other acne removal options, contact us today and arrange your free consultation with a local skin care clinic.

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