SmoothLase is a non-surgical and natural method that helps provide you with a more youthful appearance. An FDA-approved laser is used to help encourage the natural production of collagen in the chin and areas around the mouth. This laser activates a process of healing that lifts, tones, and tightens sagging skin. It also smoothes light to medium wrinkling and restores elasticity in the skin while also preventing the development of future wrinkles. With SmoothLase, you don’t have to worry about injectable dermal fillers, but you can still enjoy natural feeling, beautiful skin.
When you are young, your body constantly renews and replaces skin. However, as you age, this skin replacement process slows, as does the production of collagen, elastin, and other vital proteins. The primary cause of wrinkles, skin aging, uneven skin tone, scarring, poor skin texture, and dry skin can be attributed to the loss of collagen.
The good news is that your body maintains the ability to produce these proteins, but the process simply needs to be stimulated—and this is exactly what SmoothLase does. Unlike most lasers that dermatologists use that will penetrate from the exterior of the skin and leave visible disturbance, SmoothLase actually works from inside the mouth. The laser encourages the body to produce brand-new elastin and collagen within the mouth, jawline, lips, cheeks, nose, and chin. Due to the restoration of elasticity, tightness, and plumpness, your skin looks youthful again.
The number of SmoothLase treatments that a person will require varies by the individual’s situation, particularly their age. As a general rule, the basic requirement is one SmoothLase treatment for every 10 years of age. For instance, for optimal results, a 50-year-old individual would need five SmoothLase treatments.
Each procedure takes roughly 30 to 45 minutes. The procedures are schedule about three weeks apart to allow time for new collagen to develop. After the final treatment, collagen will continue to form for about 30 days.
Once the recommended course of treatment is complete, it is recommended to receive a collagen booster twice a year. The speed at which your collagen will re-age depends heavily on your lifestyle, habits, and health. Prevention can save you a significant amount of time and money in most parts of your life, so as soon as you go through rejuvenation, make sure that you take the necessary steps to maintain it.
Here are a few things that you can avoid to help maintain your post-treatment results, as these things cause the breakdown of collagen (aka aging) and damage the skin:
The comfort level of the treatment will vary depending on the location of the treatment as well as the individual patient. As a general rule, though, you may expect to feel some heat, sensitivity, and/or mild discomfort near the middle of the lips since there are a lot of nerves in this area. Of course, this is what encourages the growth of the collagen. Most of the facial area will only feel a little warmth, particularly as the procedure progresses. Most patients feel comfortable when they leave the office. It is completely normal—as well as mild and temporary—to feel tenderness, tingling, and/or slight swelling of the tissues.
The SmoothLase treatment is not recommended for individuals that are looking to obtain the Hollywood-style plastic surgery look. In addition, the treatment is not for individuals who are after instant results that you would get from injectable dermal fillers. SmoothLase works in the opposite way of dermal fillers. With injectable dermal fillers, they wear off faster the healthier you are due to your natural healing process. With SmoothLase, the treatment lasts longer the healthier you are since it acts off of the formation of your natural collagen, which tends to degrade when your health is not at its finest.
If you would like to learn more about the SmoothLase treatment and how it can benefit you, reach out to us at Fountain of Youth Dental.