When it comes to non-surgical solutions for evening skin texture and reducing the appearance of wrinkles, there may not be a better solution than SmartSkin’s micro ablative laser. With its highly customizable settings, SmartSkin can be personalized to match each patient’s individual concerns while ensuring downtime is minimal. Dr. Andrés Sárraga frequently recommends SmartSkin CO2 Laser treatments for patients in the Aventura and Miami, Florida area for common concerns including visible signs of aging, uneven texture, and more. 


The SmartSkin laser is a fractional carbon dioxide (CO2) laser that delivers heat energy to the skin in microscopic channels to lessen discomfort during the procedure as well as speed up recovery from non-fractional lasers.

This energy creates tiny wounds in the skin that stimulate your body’s healing response as it creates new, healthy cells and stimulates collagen production to close up the wounds and protect the skin from future damage. The result is a dramatically enhanced appearance when used to treat the face, chest, and hands.



Dr. Sárraga was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he spent most of his life. He decided at a very early age to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and pursue a career in the art of medicine and surgery. Dr. Sárraga has been featured in several publications including Aventura Magazine™ and Healthy Valley® Magazine where he has discussed procedures including Facial Rejuvenation and Breast Surgery. Dr. Sárraga has been awarded one of Castle Connolly’s top doctors in Miami for the last 5 years. He has also been featured with his friend and mentor Dr. Storch. Since Dr. Storch’s retirement, Dr. Sárraga now runs ARTIS Institute Plastic Surgery as a single practitioner.



SmartSkin laser treatment is best suited for people looking for wrinkle reduction, a more even skin tone, and smoother skin texture. It may also be useful in treating scars, stretch marks, and blotchy skin depending on your specific skin condition and tolerance for downtime. Although many patients seek treatment on the face, SmartSkin is also used on the decolletage and hands to treat blotchy skin, crepiness, and poor skin texture.


People with a light skin tone who are looking for an improvement in their complexion in regards to wrinkles, pigmentation, scarring, or skin laxity are likely good candidates for SmartSkin treatment. It’s not recommended for darker skin tones as the laser may cause lightening of the skin in the treatment area.

The best way to know if you’re a good candidate considering your skin concerns and health history is to schedule a consultation with board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Andrés Sárraga. If you are not a good candidate for SmartSkin CO2 laser based on your skin tone or other considerations, Dr. Sárraga may recommend other nonsurgical options such as Fraxel laser treatment or SkinPen microneedling. For some other patients, Dr. Sárraga may recommend pairing SmartSkin with other procedures to achieve your ideal results.


SmartSkin’s fractional ablative laser works similarly to other laser treatments, but because it only targets part of your skin, unlike ablative resurfacing treatments, it allows for faster recovery, with patients able to cover any residual redness with makeup after just a few days. For stronger treatments, recovery time can take up to a week.

The procedure begins with Dr. Sárraga applying a topical anesthetic to help ensure your comfort during the procedure. He will then use the SmartSkin handset to treat the desired area, tuning the device’s settings to provide effective treatment for your concerns while not overdoing the procedure, to keep your downtime minimized.

SmartSkin is a relatively quick procedure, with a facial only taking about 20 minutes, and you’ll be able to drive yourself home afterward. He may then apply an ointment to help you feel comfortable before you leave, although it’s likely your skin will still feel tender and swollen.

As you recover, you can take over-the-counter medications to address any discomfort you feel. Dr. Sárraga will instruct you on how to keep your skin moisturized and protected from the sun, and when it’s okay to wear makeup again. Most patients are back to their normal routine in under a week. As the skin heals, it is crucial to avoid direct sun exposure and wear SPF daily. Dr. Sárraga will provide specific instructions for your brief recovery period after SmartSkin CO2 laser treatment. Most patients notice ideal results within only a few weeks after their procedure.


At the ARTIS Institute for Plastic Surgery, we understand that it may be confusing to see several different laser procedures offered and often have patients left wondering, “Which one is best for my needs?” That’s why we encourage people to sit down with Dr. Sárraga in a consultation to find out more about each procedure to make an informed decision that best serves their skincare needs. During your consultation, Dr. Sárraga will carefully evaluate your skin type, concerns, and aesthetic goals for your procedure to develop a custom care plan. Start the process by calling us at (305) 932-3200 or contacting us online today.

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“His staff is remarkable”

Dr. Sarraga did an excellent job with my nose. I was looking for a natural finish and a slimmer tip to my nose and he did just that! His staff is remarkable and he takes the time with you to listen. I highly recommend him!

“Dr. Sárraga is the best plastic surgeon that you can find.”

He listens, provides great advice and the end results are impeccable. His nurses and staff are truly helpful and always there for you as well. I highly recommend him to anyone considering surgery. You won’t regret it!

“I wouldn’t go to any other place!”

I am so Happy with my results after my procedure. I had no bruising or swelling. Dr.Sarraga and his staff are so welcoming and nice. The office is extremely clean, modern and comfortable. I wouldn’t go to any other place!




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