In the past, if you wanted to regain youthful texture and firmness, invasive surgeries or minimally-invasive fillers and other techniques with a host of risks and demands may have been your only options. Today, your trusted holistic dental practitioner, Dr. Jurina Smida
, can restore smooth, wrinkle-free skin from the inside out.
The SmoothLase™ difference
Traditionally, the lasers used by dermatologists are applied to the surface of the skin. The energy produced by the laser beam heats up the treatment area and stimulates the formation of collagen proteins. Your body makes this substance naturally. While abundant in youth, over time it produces less collagen and other beneficial substances, such as elastin and hyaluronic acid. Unprotected exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays and other lifestyle and environmental factors speed up these age-related processes, which can make you appear older than your chronological years.
Other conventional approaches included manually abrading the skin with devices or with chemicals. Whether it is conventional lasers, dermabrasion, chemical peels or other techniques, these approaches may require special preparation, downtime, and healing. Plus, many patients are not candidates for these procedures due to characteristics such as medical history and complexion, as there are risks of pigmentation issues among some skin tones.
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Then there are the far more invasive procedures like facelifts for those with severe wrinkling around the nose and mouth. These wrinkles are of interest to Dr. Smida and her team. Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County
works in partnership with you to maintain a youthful smile, free of stains, chips, gaps, and other unwanted features that can add years to your look. Yet, wrinkles around the mouth also detract from your beautiful smile and age youthful teeth and gums.
Unlike the many other devices and procedures mentioned above, SmoothLase™ never touches the surface of your skin. Dr. Smida will place the device in your mouth. By applying the laser in a controlled fashion to precisely target the tissues inside your mouth, the surrounding areas are heated to stimulate the production of beneficial collagen. As more collagen is produced, you see tighter skin. Formerly wrinkled areas are now smooth.
What to expect
It's possible to see improvements in the folds around your mouth and nose with a single, 30-minute session. Yet, keep in mind that the changes produced by this powerful laser represent a process. To see the full effects from treatment or to get the results you desire, Dr. Smida may recommend two to three sessions.
SmoothLase™ is well-tolerated by patients. No special preparation is required. Likewise, the procedure is not associated with discomfort. You don't have to take pain-relieving or sedative medications as you would with many aesthetic procedures.
What NOT to expect
Since SmoothLase really is like a facelift from the inside-out, only without all the nasty side effects, you don't have to contend with the post-operative swelling, peeling, discoloration, and other irregularities. You also don't have to take lots of time off work or avoid strenuous exercise or other activities for many days or weeks following the procedure. SmoothLase™ fits in with your active and healthy lifestyle.
Unlike purely aesthetic procedures, you may find yourself even healthier than before treatment, as it can relieve snoring, and symptoms of TMJ-related disorders and sleep apnea
. In addition to laser treatment in Santa Rosa CA for myriad conditions, Dental Care and Wellness of Sonoma County also offers PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) to smooth skin and regain a youthful appearance, as well as PRF to San Francisco area patients. Platelet Rich Fibrin is used to restore gum health.
To find out more about what to expect before, during, and after these and other treatments available to Sonoma and Marin County patients, and those in and around Berkeley, schedule an appointment with Dr. Smida. Call
the Petaluma office at (707) 781-8550.