Cosmetic Laser Procedures Q & A
Cool Springs Laser Dentistry
Do you use needles?
The natural effects of the laser will vibrate the tooth or gums which have a natural numbing effect that causes no pain and has no residual numbness.
Why do gums need to be recontoured?
Sometimes gums can be longer or thicker than desired or may have become uneven over the years. By recontouring the gum, Dr. Rice can improve the smile so that it looks as good as it feels. The smile if the first attribute everyone sees and a beautiful smile gives you great confidence.
What is Smoothlase?
Smoothlase is the trademarked name for a device that provides a non-invasive and non-surgical procedure for improving the tone of the skin on your face. The fractionalized laser is applied inside your mouth to lift, tighten, and tone sagging facial skin.
The laser energy stimulates your skin to produce more support compounds, such as collagen and elastin, to restore plumpness and strength. Loss of collagen contributes significantly to wrinkles, lines, and sagging seen in aging or sun-damaged skin.
Smoothlase is unique in that you don’t have to apply the laser to the surface of the skin; it works from the inside out to penetrate the deep layers of your face.
How many treatments are required for Smoothlase?
Each Smoothlase treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes. You may see results in just one session, but usually multiple visits are recommended.
The smoothing effect transforms your face over time, as your tissues self-rejuvenate due to the stimulation of the light energy. The results last several months.
What results does Smoothlase offer?
Smoothlase addresses light to moderate wrinkling that appears due to aging or sun exposure. You’ll also see a reduction in fine lines and an improvement in skin tone. It’s particularly effective on the nasolabial folds, or your “smile” lines, as well as the areas around your mouth, cheek, lip, and chin.
It provides the same plumping effects that you may see with cosmetic injectable fillers, but without the introduction of foreign compounds into your skin.
Results will vary according to your age and the state of your skin. When you consult with Dr. Rice, she can help you understand exactly what results to expect.
Does Smoothlase hurt?
The procedure is virtually pain-free. You don’t need any anesthetic, injection, or special preparation before the session.
Are there any side effects with Smoothlase use?
There is no record of side effects, such as burning, with Smoothlase. Because the energy is applied inside your mouth, you’ll experience no external redness, swelling, or peeling. It’s cleared by the Food and Drug Administration for cosmetic use.
After a procedure, you can go back to your normal daily activities. It carries no downtime and requires no special care afterward.