How CO2 lasers can help combat signs of ageing
According to the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery more than 70% of patients are bothered by signs of ageing, such as fine lines and wrinkles as well as skin texture and discolouration.1 Since its introduction onto the market in the mid-1990s, CO2 laser skin resurfacing has been the ‘gold standard’ for cutaneous facial rejuvenation of photo-damaged skin.2 CO2 lasers have long been relied upon by medical professionals as a powerful weapon in the treatment of many skin conditions and the technology has only advanced with time.3 Over recent years, consumer demand for less invasive and problematic procedures has led to a myriad of non-ablative devices for reducing wrinkles and improving photodamaged skin. Although the act of ablation should not be discounted; ablative treatments have been shown to offer superior clinical results with lower risk profiles verses non-ablative therapies.4
As with most technologies, innovation creates improved outcomes. In difference to other CO2 systems currently on the market, the DEKA SmartXide CO2 offers a practitioner the opportunity to decrease patient downtime, whilst maintaining the high clinical efficacy of traditional CO2. This is achieved with their unique Pulse Shape Design (PSD) technology, offering extreme flexibility in pulse shape selection, output power, dwell time, stacking power, density, scanner shapes, and spray mode emission which removes the concern of demarcation lines typically found with many CO2 devices currently available. With the advent of PSD technology the range of super pulses, ultra-pulses, and hyper pulses are now outdated; opening up a new frontier for CO2 lasers. The new pulse control allows specific layers of the dermis to be targeted while the high pulse delivers ablation with minimal thermal damage protecting the skin from unwanted heat and stimulating the basal layer without associated risks. SmartXide has a proven efficacy profile in a whole host of indications such as: periorbital rejuvenation,5 postpartum abdominal laxity,6 rhinophyma,7 and scars even in darker skin types.8
PUNTO is designed to be an affordable CO2 device that meets the needs of the practitioner who demands efficacy in rejuvenation but also wants a highly flexible toolbox for a range of non-invasive procedures and minor surgical ops such as blepharoplasty. The innovation in PSD® technology, in particular the H-PULSE and SPRAY mode allows a ‘cool’ treatment protocol; COOLPEEL. Renowned US dermatologist, Dr Emil Tanghetti, says, “With COOLPEEL, we are using much lower energy, but it’s achieving comparable results to other more aggressive treatments. The other advantage is less pain and discomfort during treatment; most patients don’t need topical anaesthesia at all.” A COOLPEEL treatment doesn’t require any social downtime, it takes only 15 minutes to perform due to the ultra-fast scanner, and it effectively treats photoageing, fine lines, open pores, pigmentations and telangiectasias.
Present in more than 120 countries, DEKA has always been an epicentre of innovation for the entire global medical sector; they have been manufacturing both medical and aesthetic CO2 lasers for over 35 years. Used by both private hospitals and aesthetic clinics, the SmartXide is operated by some of the world’s most renowned medical practitioners. Mr Ali Ghanem, Medical Director of the Cranley Clinic in London says, “Built on science and innovation DEKA are true innovators of CO2 lasers. With the SmartXide I can bridge the gap between traditional aesthetic procedures and surgical applications for ageing skin. Delivering high impact results, patient satisfaction is extremely high, I am loving the results and patients are too.” Depending on desired treatment options, practitioners can utilise DEKA’s latest launch the SmartXide PUNTO, an affordable device for scarring, rejuvenation, and minor surgical applications. Alternatively, they can choose the SmartXide TOUCH for advanced surgical, gynaecology, and hair restoration applications. Existing SmartXide users can contact Lynton today to find out how they can upgrade their existing device.