Skin resurfacing can benefit adults who are interested in smoothing lines and wrinkles or shallow scars. Because the skin relies on cellular turnover and continual production of collagen and elastin, laser resurfacing also makes sense for many people who have undergone a facelift or other cosmetic lift.
Laser resurfacing can improve scars, wrinkles, enlarged pores, dark spots, and sun damage. The results of treatment revolve around the removal of much of the outer layer of the skin and the collagen remodeling that results from that.
With skin resurfacing, you will see improvement in the tone and texture of your skin. Some typical benefits are:
Laser skin resurfacing is a good complement to other cosmetic procedures due to the effect that laser energy has on the skin. In some cases, this treatment is performed to achieve a better response from the skin after a face-lift, brow lift, or other surgical procedures. Laser resurfacing can also be followed up with Botox and/or dermal fillers. The resurfacing procedure smooths the skin’s surface while fillers improve the volume beneath the skin. Our team can develop a treatment protocol that effectively addresses your goals and needs.
Non-ablative lasers are considered lunchtime treatments because they do not incur downtime. Patients do not require anesthetic to tolerate this type of laser rejuvenation. However, it can take up to five sessions to achieve the maximum potential of non-ablative laser treatment, as this technology focuses energy only within the dermis layer of the skin.
Ablative lasers affect the epidermis. The applicator delivers an intense wavelength of light that vaporizes the outermost layer of the skin. Due to the obliteration of surface cells, ablative laser treatments have typically required substantial downtime and strict aftercare to avoid potential complications such as infection.
The Pixel laser device is ablative and also fractional, meaning that it targets only a fraction of the skin’s surface. Fractional ablative laser represents the best of both aspects of resurfacing, the combination of maximum effects and the comfort and short recovery of non-ablative methods.
Pixel works by creating thousands of microscopic perforations, but the skin around each of these perforations remains intact. This allows your skin’s top layer to heal from the edge of these tiny holes very rapidly. Not only is healing time shortened considerably, but Pixel also comes with a lower risk of complications, as compared to traditional laser resurfacing.
Prior to the skin resurfacing treatment, we will prescribe topical pain medicine to make you more comfortable. You can expect your skin to be flushed and red after the treatment – something similar to a sunburn.
Laser resurfacing appointments can take 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the area being treated and the use of a topical numbing cream. Treatment lasts approximately 30 minutes.
Compared to most ablative laser treatments, Pixel laser resurfacing is well tolerated by most patients. A topical numbing cream may not be entirely necessary, but we incorporate it into our protocol. Local anesthetic improves the treatment experience and can minimize the anxiety some patients may feel when undergoing laser resurfacing. Patients report an intensely warm or prickly sensation during the procedure. Once the treatment is complete, the sensation feels more like a sunburn.
While one Pixel laser resurfacing will show noticeable results, optimal results are achieved with a series of treatments. Generally, we recommend 3 treatments although this is dependent on the condition of your skin. The number of treatments required for best results really depends on the starting point and condition of your skin.
Laser skin resurfacing results in redness that can last a few days. Redness resembles a mild to moderate sunburn both in appearance as well as sensations on the skin. Some patients notice mild swelling as well. The fractional pattern of laser energy may become visible during the cell turnover process when the epidermis starts to flake. Generally, redness is dramatically improved within 4 days of treatment. Flaking begins at that time and resolves by the 6th or 7th day. After this time, the skin will look much smoother and more radiant. Scars and wrinkles continue to improve over several months as new collagen is deposited into the skin’s foundation.
Because Pixel laser resurfacing is fractional, side effects are minimal compared to fully ablative treatments. Redness is expected and some patients may notice swelling, as well. In some cases, a mild acne breakout may occur.
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