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Baylor Dermatology Clinic

Laser Treatment with Smoothbeam

The Candela Smoothbeam is an exciting new laser technology. The laser uses a combination of skin heating and cooling to selectively heat the middle layer of the skin. By heating that layer (the dermis), it is possible to gently treat a variety of skin problems. The laser is FDA approved to treat wrinkles, acne and acne scars. In addition the Smoothbeam laser has been reported to improve sebaceous hyperplasia and other skin problems.

One of the benefits to the Smoothbeam laser is the low chance of side effects. The most common side effect is mild redness in spots lasting about a few hours. Rare side effects can include blistering or color changes. Scarring is extremely rare, but possible with any treatment of the skin. Even though the laser is cutting edge technology, there is a chance it may not sufficiently treat your skin problem.

Heating the skin hurts! Prior to treatment it is highly recommended to purchase an over the counter numbing cream called Recticare (4 or 5 percent). For best results, 90 minutes prior to treatment rub in a thin layer of the Recticare cream and then immediately apply a generous layer of cream to the entire treatment area. Thirty minutes prior to treatment re-apply cream to the skin in a super thick layer (like a mask). It is better to leave the cream on too long, than not long enough.

Insurance does not pay for any Smoothbeam laser treatment. The laser treatment must be paid for by the patient on the day of treatment. The cost is dependent on the area treated.

Smoothbeam Price List

Area Treated

M.D. Charge Per Session

R.N. Charge Per Session

Full Face

$500

$400

Cheeks

$400

$200

Eyes

$300

$200

Mouth

$300

$200

Small Area

$300

$200

Chest

$500

$400

Shoulders

$500

$400

Upper Back

$500

$400

A series of treatments are usually recommended for acne, acne scars and wrinkles. After four treatments active acne is usually 70 percent reduced on average. Scars and wrinkles are improved by a mild to moderate degree. In addition, oil production is reduced. The results are long lasting. Research has indicated that acne stays 70 percent better for two years or more after a series of four treatments. More treatments tend to be more beneficial, although most patients are satisfied with four.