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"One-Two Punch": SmoothbeamTM Offers Non-Ablative Approach to Reducing Acne
Breakouts, Plumping Scars
Acne is on of the most commonly diagnosed skin
conditions in the U.S. today and new lasers offer sufferers more options than
ever. Smoothbeam is one of the newest non-ablative lasers offering patients
reduced acne breakouts and scars.
(press release from Advanced Dermatology and The Center for Laser and
New York, NY - June 30, 2005 -- Four out of five adolescents and adults
are affected by acne. Sometimes the condition is still active, or sometimes a
former case of acne has left its indelible mark of scarring. In fact, acne is
the most commonly diagnosed skin condition and the single most prevalent
condition treated by dermatologists in the U.S. today. Yet, according to Joshua
Fox, MD, founder of Advanced Dermatology PC, a novel laser treatment called
SmoothbeamTM is providing new hope to those who suffer from acne, as well as
those who are still scarred by it.
"The Smoothbeam laser is unique in that its single technology can accomplish two
completely different objectives where acne is concerned," Dr. Fox explains.
"First, it encourages the production of collagen beneath the skin, which plumps
up the surface and smoothes out scarring. Second, it can actually shrink the
follicles of the sebaceous glands, which are overactive in cases of acne. That
reduces the amount of oil those glands can secrete, and calms acne outbreaks,"
As a non-ablative treatment the Smoothbeam laser targets the deepest layers
of skin without affecting the skin"s surface, through its patented LASR™ (laser
assisted skin renewal) process. In fact, Smoothbeam"s technology actually cools
the upper layers of the skin immediately prior to the laser application,
preventing any burning, cutting or peeling at the surface. "There is a
significant reduction of side effects and "down-time" for patients undergoing
Smoothbeam treatments," Dr. Fox notes. "This is why we usually refer to
Smoothbeam treatments as "lunchbreak appointments," because patients can
literally come for treatment during their lunch hour, and normally return to
work afterward." Commonly reported aftereffects were mild and short-lived, and
ranged from slight redness and tenderness to brief pigment changes.
What"s more, Smoothbeam is more effective than even the most optimistic
predictions. In a comparative study presented at the American Society of Lasers
in Surgery and Medicine, and later published in the Journal of Dermatological
Surgery, researchers at the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery
in Washington, DC found that the Smoothbeam laser"s technology provided better
results than the traditional non-ablative laser in lessening acne scarring. [Dermatol
Surg. 2004 Feb;30(2 Pt 1):152-7 Another study of 27 males with active acne on
their backs reported that, after four Smoothbeam treatments, 14 of the
participants were acne-free at the treatment site. [Lasers in Surgery and
Medicine 2002; 31: 106-14
Dr. Fox points out, however, that even Smoothbeam isn"t a one-size-fits-all
treatment. "No approach is a magic bullet," he says. "Every patient is unique,
and every treatment protocol should be designed with that in mind." Dr. Fox
suggests that, when considering Smoothbeam treatment for active acne, acne
scarring large pore size or a combination of both, patients take these five
steps to ensure the most successful outcome:
1. Establish Goals: What do you hope to achieve from your treatment? What is
most important? How much improvement do you want or expect? Be realistic, but be
honest with yourself. Failure to take this step may result in unreasonable
expectations and disappointment.
2.Write Down Your Questions: You'll want to know what the right course of
treatment is for you, along with the specific components of that treatment (such
as Smoothbeam or other laser applications, prescription medications, topical
creams, etc.), how many sessions you should expect, and the timeline for
improvement to take place.
3. Find a board-certified dermatologist experienced with Smoothbeam: Be sure to
find a doctor whom you're comfortable with, who can answer all of your
questions, and who is experienced with acne treatments and acne scar removal
using the Smoothbeam laser.
4.Get a Second Opinion: If you are not satisfied with your initial consultation,
get a second opinion. Your confidence in your physician is critical before you
begin the process.
5. Follow your doctor's orders: Once you've found a dermatologist you trust,
follow his or her instructions carefully regarding preparations before your
procedures i.e. pretreating with a fading cream in skin type 4, 5 & 6 as well as
care for the site afterwards. It's the best way to ensure a successful outcome.
Too often results are less than optimal because of failure to follow the
treatment regimen before, during or after treatment.
Bio: Joshua L. Fox, M.D.
Joshua L. Fox, M.D. is a leading authority in the field of dermatology with an
expertise in skin cancer, cosmetic surgery, and laser procedures. As an official
spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology and the American Society of
Dermatologic Surgery, Dr. Fox has been an expert resource on dermatologic topics
for numerous television networks including ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, Telemundo, talk
shows, radio stations, newspapers and magazines. Dr. Fox has served on the board
of the National Rosacea Foundation and has done clinical trials in both medical
and laser therapy in Rosacea. He has received multiple research and clinical
awards including recognition from Top Doctors, Who's Who, Journal of
Dermatologic Surgery and Oncology, Community Service Award from the American
Society of Dermatologic Surgery, the prestigious Husic Award as well
certificates of recognition for service from multiple hospitals, civic,
educational and community organizations. Dr. Fox has authored and presented
papers of his research on lasers, cosmetic procedures, stretch marks, scars,
skin cancer, bug bites, photosensitivity and various rashes.
As founder and director of Advanced Dermatology and The Center for Laser and
Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Fox and associates have expanded the practice to the one
of largest in dermatology, laser & cosmetic surgery with more lasers than any
hospital or dermatology practice on the eastern coast. Dr. Fox is a graduate of
the New York University Medical Center of Skin and Cancer and has been on the
advisory board of the Psoriasis Foundation and National Rosacea Foundation among
others. He has also been a fellow of many societies including the International
Academy of Cosmetic Surgery, International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology, and
the Society for Investigative Dermatology. Dr. Fox is the founder of the AAD
Melanoma/Skin Cancer Prevention Program in Queens, New York since 1987. Dr. Fox
has been Chief of Dermatology of several major teaching hospitals including Mt.
Sinai Hospital of Queens and Jamaica Medical Center and is currently on the
staff of ten NY area hospitals. Dr. Fox and Advanced Dermatology the Center for
Laser & Cosmetic Surgery have been used as a resource center educating
dermatologists, laser surgeons, & cosmetic surgeons and others about lasers,
cancer and cosmetic surgery.
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