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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.

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The Skinny

Average Recovery

5 days




Laser/Light Therapy




$2000 - $5000

The Specifics

What is SmartSkin®?

SmartSkin® by Cynosure is an ablative fractional laser used to remove skin cells and promote the natural healing process for smoother, firmer, and brighter skin. In response to laser energy, the body starts the rejuvenation process of creating new skin cells and collagen. SmartSkin® is most commonly used to treat photo damage, fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and acne scars.

What cosmetic concerns does a SmartSkin® procedure treat?

  1. Fine Lines & Wrinkles: Early signs of aging are reduced through collagen stimulation.
  2. Facial Skin Laxity: Collagen production is stimulated creating firm, plump skin.
  3. Uneven Skin Tone: Removal of top sun damaged skin cell layers exposes fresh layers beneath.
  4. Uneven Skin Texture: Dead and damaged skin cell deposits are removed for a more uniform texture.
  5. Acne Scars: Ablation of scar tissue allows healthier skin to grow in its place.

Who is the ideal candidate for a SmartSkin® procedure?

The ideal candidate for SmartSkin® has uneven skin tone and/or texture, fine lines/wrinkles, acne scarring, or mild to moderate skin laxity. SmartSkin® is not recommended for individuals with darker skin tones as there is a high risk of hypopigmentation.

What is the average recovery associated with a SmartSkin® procedure?

Most patients experience about one week of downtime following a SmartSkin® treatment. Red and raw feeling skin with possible swelling are typical after ablative laser resurfacing treatments like SmartSkin®. Patients can expect redness for a few days to weeks. Careful skincare and minimizing sun exposure with appropriate sunscreen use can lessen downtime.

What are the potential side effects of a SmartSkin® procedure?

Potential side effects following a SmartSkin® treatment include burns or skin damage, scar development, irregular pigmentation (hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation), milia (white bumps), and infection.

What can someone expect from the results of a SmartSkin® procedure?

The results of SmartSkin® resurfacing become noticeable over a few weeks as the body heals and skin is rejuvenated. Mitigating time in the sun and utilizing sunscreen decreases the risk of patchy skin pigmentation. The final results of a SmartSkin® treatment will be naturally altered with aging and sun damage.

What is the average cost of a SmartSkin® procedure?

SmartSkin® can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $5,000. The actual cost of a SmartSkin® treatment is dependent upon location, provider, and length and involvement of the cosmetic procedure.


  • 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

Invasiveness Score


Invasiveness is graded based on factors such as anesthesia practices, incisions, and recovery notes common to this procedure.

What to Expect

SmartSkin CO2 skin resurfacing diminishes fine lines, wrinkles, acne scarring, and other sign of photo-damage. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after a SmarSkin resurfacing treatment.

The Takeaway

SmartSkin® by Cynosure creates a smoother skin tone, skin texture, and enhances skin aesthetic. Both externally and internally altering the skin appearance and structure, refreshes and rejuvenates the skin.

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Source List


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  1. American Academy of Dermatology Many Ways to Firm Sagging Skin
  2. The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery Skin Tightening


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