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The NEW CO2 on the Block

One constant theme in the aesthetic industry is that nothing is constant. Trends change, needs change, technology advances, but one thing remains the same: the desire to eliminate wrinkles and improve skin’s appearance, safely and effectively.

These days it seems patients of all ages are jumping on board the train bound for smooth skin. Millennials have become one of the top consumers of all things anti-aging, looking to age-proof skin and tackle any early signs of wrinkles, acne scaring, sun damage and redness.

Cartessa Aesthetics founder, Gabe Lubin, says, “What makes the treatment of lines and wrinkles, scars and even skin texture so challenging is that everyone’s skin is different. Therefore, we select devices that can offer customized treatment to meet the needs of the widest range of patients AND give them the greatest experience possible.”

At Cartessa Aesthetics, we know how critical it is to offer treatments that differentiate your practice with state-of-the-art technologies that can target fine lines, wrinkles and give skin a more youthful appearance…and sometimes these groundbreaking devices are advancements in what is already considered “gold-standard.”

Enter, CO2 lasers and the SmartXide Tetra CO2.

A History of CO2:

Since its introduction in the 1960’s, CO2 lasers have been relied upon by medical professionals as one of the highest powered and most efficient lasers available and the technology has only improved since.

It wasn’t until the 90’s that full ablative CO2 resurfacing gained popularity. Patients were seeing amazing wrinkle-removal results in just one treatment, but such outcomes came with discomfort, significant downtime and lengthy recovery periods. Full recovery and results didn’t happen until about the 8-week mark and risk of pigmentation and infection was high.

In the 15 years that folltuowed, skin resurfacing laser options expanded to include non-ablative resurfacing, non-ablative fractional resurfacing and ablative fractional resurfacing. However, in 2007, DEKA Introduced the SmartXide DOT – a CO2 laser technology that combined BOTH Traditional CO2 resurfacing with Fractional Non-Ablative Resurfacing.  It was finally the best of both worlds that gave aesthetic providers the ability to tailor the treatment to the patient, and not vice versa as had been the case in the past.

The NEW CO2 on the Block

The SmartXide Tetra CO2 is the next generation CO2 laser by DEKA – Italian based and the most reknowned manufacturer of CO2 technology.  Introduced in 2019 and launched in the US exclusively by Cartessa Aesthetics, Tetra represents a number of advancements over its predecessor, the SmartXide DOT including:

  • More scanning patterns and control of pitch, density, ablation spot size and depth of treatment

  • Innovative spray mode to eliminate demarcation lines and increase speed of treatment

  • Exclusive Pulse Shape Design (PSD) technology making it possible to vary pulse shapes to offer patients MORE treatment options

 Those versatility of the Tetra CO2 has aesthetic laser experts excited about the possibilities and predicting the impact that this new device will have on the marketing place:

 “What you have in this device is the culmination of all the great CO2 devices through the years.  Including ultra-pulse type settings, fractional CO2 settings and now this incredibly new setting called CoolPeel which will allow us to do virtually no-downtime treatments combined with other devices that will revolutionize the industry”

–          Dr. David Vasily, Dermatologist

PSD technology provides for Tetra’s four emission modes – three fractional pulse modes, Smart Pulse, Deka Pulse, and High Pulse, followed by a continuous wave Standard Pulse. This leaves the operator in full control over the machine, improving ablative selectiveness.  It is possible to do a full-face ablation as well as the new CoolPeel treatment which leverages the H-pulse – a high peak power, short pulse that delivers a fully ablative treatment without thermal damage.  Downtime is highly controlled and minimized while impressive superficial, skin resurfacing results are delivered.

Many younger patients are more open to considering this long-standing skin resurfacing option because of the CoolPeel setting.  Thus, with the Tetra, clinicians are able to cater to growing consumer populations like Millennials that are looking to eliminate sun spots, improve skin texture and give their skin a refresh – all for the trade-off of possible redness that dissipates in 24-48 hrs.  Fall is an opportune time to promote such laser peels as a way to erase sun-damage and restore smooth, glowing skin.

Gone are the horrific images of women post-skin resurfacing procedures unable to show their faces in public without scaring small children.  The Tetra CO2 gives clinician and patients what they demand today – unmatched versatility to deliver CO2 results with for fewer side effects, reduced downtime and minimal recovery periods.

 Why don’t you see it to believe it? Contact a Cartessa agent and schedule a demo to understand what set the Tetra CO2 apart.

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