SmartSkin CO2 skin resurfacing is a type of ablative fractional laser which diminishes fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, hyperpigmentation, and other sign of photo-damage. Depending on the level of intensity of treatment, patients can see dramatic improvement in as little as 1-3 sessions.

SmartSkin Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

avg. recovery
5 days
Laser/Light Therapy
$2000 - $5000

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 07.27.2021

Patients have a variety of options to address sign of aging ranging from non-invasive facials and cosmetic acupuncture to surgical enhancements such as a facelift. Laser skin resurfacing is minimally invasive and uses heat energy to exfoliate away blemishes and imperfections for a smoother, firmer, brighter complexion. Ablative fractional lasers are ideal for patients who are willing to undergo a recovery that lasts several days to weeks with potential prolonged redness and swelling. Ablative lasers are wounding lasers which damage the skin, eliciting a healing response from the body which encourages collagen and elastin production. Fractional lasers describe a targeted method of treatment that allows for precise ablation. The SmartSkin CO2 laser is a type of ablative fractional that is customizable to suit the patient's skin concerns as well as expectations for recovery time. Providers are able to adjust the SmartSkin system to customize laser power, scan pattern, density of microchannels, and number of pulses. A topical anesthetic cream will be applied to numb the skin. Once the patient is thoroughly anesthetized, the cream will be removed and the treatment will begin. The SmartSkin laser will be expertly applied to the treatment area, targeting uneven skin texture, irregular pigmentation, fine lines, and other skin imperfections. The laser is applied to the skin in a wave-motion pattern, unlike most lasers which deliver the laser energy in a stamp pattern. The provider will closely monitor the skin to ensure an effective but comfortable session. Once the skin has been thoroughly treated, a soothing serum or ointment will be applied and a bandage may be applied to the skin.

The goal of SmartSkin laser resurfacing treatments is to reduce signs of aging and photo-damage such as fine lines, uneven skin tone and texture, and scars.

Recovery Notes

Degree of redness, swelling, and discomfort from a SmartSkin laser resurfacing treatment will vary depending on the depth of treatment received. Most patients are able to return to normal activity within 1 week of treatment. While healing, patients should keep the skin moisturized with a hydrating ointment such as Aquaphor or petroleum jelly. Patients are able to use a gentle moisturizer and makeup once peeling and crusting has stopped.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidate for a SmartSkin laser treatment has uneven skin tone and texture, fine lines and wrinkles, acne scarring, or mild to moderate skin laxity issues on the face and neck.

Not Recommended For

SmartSkin laser resurfacing is not recommended for use on darker skin tones due to risk of hypopigmentation.

Side Effects

Side effects from SmarkSkin laser skin resurfacing may include changes in skin tone and pigmentation, infection, milia, scarring, and burn injuries from the laser's heat.


  • smooths skin
  • tightens skin
  • lasting results
  • improve skin quality
  • improve skin texture
  • effective
  • improved recovery time


  • possible multiple treatments
  • scarring
  • pigmentation changes
  • exacerbate skin disorders
  • more invasive

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