What is Your Opinion on Using the Smoothbeam Laser for Fine Lines Around the Eyes?

I'm considering it.

Doctor Answers 5

Ablative Fractional laser resurfacing and Botox for effective results

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Big Mamma,

The Smoothbeam is an older laser that was designed to treat acne. It is approved for wrinkle removal, but newer fractional laser technology, goes deeper and is more effective for wrinkle removal.

The newer fractional non-ablative lasers like the Fraxel, Profractional, and Lux1540 go deeper in the skin, create more new collagen production, and are more effective at wrinkle removal.

Newer ablative fractional laser resurfacing has been developed in the past year which is more effective for wrinkle removal and requires only one treatment. The non-ablative treatments require 4 or 5. The new ablative fractional lasers, the Lux2940 and Fraxel Repair and Lumenis Active FX and DeepFX do require a period of recovery, redness and skin peeling for 5-7 days.

Even with the best laser wrinkle treatment, the contraction of the eyelid muscles weill cause the wrinkles to come back. To prevent this, Botox should be used to quiet the eyelid muscle in the crow's feet region.

Smooth beam, fraxel repair, wrinkles

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The Smoothbeam is still an excellent laser for treating acne scarring in all skin types however for wrinkling the Pixel laser or Botox or even a filler will “fill” the need better. Fraxel Repair can also help but would require multiple treatments unlike the treatments listed above.


Joshua L. Fox, MD
Long Island Dermatologic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Fraxel Repair or Fraxel Restore may give better results

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Although Smoothbeam used to be one of the top lasers years ago and it has had much success for treating fine lines, with the advancements in technology, there are other lasers that work better. For example, Fraxel Repair and Restore are the two great fractional lasers that can help you remove those fine lines around your eyes.

Sanusi Umar, MD
Redondo Beach Dermatologic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 33 reviews

Smoothbeam laser

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The Smoothbeam laser is a laser we used to use 10 years ago for fine lines. It does not work nearly as well as today’s Fraxel type lasers to treat fine lines around the eyes. In addition, if the lines around your eyes are worsened when you smile, that is really a Botox or Dysport issue and not a Smoothbeam laser issue.

David Goldberg, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon
3.3 out of 5 stars 4 reviews

Save your money

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The Smoothbeam laser has a wavelength of 1450 nm which seeks out water as its main target. Theoretically, this laser can:

1. Penetrate into the dermal layer of skin and stimulate collagen synthesis to improve wrinkles;

2. Seek out water in sebaceous glands and improve acne and sebaceous growths like sebaceous hyperplasia.

However, in reality, I have worked with this laser for 5 years now and am less than impressed.

Felix Kuo, MD
Long Island Dermatologist

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