Fractional resurfacing with the Pixel laser is employed to improve skin texture and tone, without the lengthy recuperation of traditional ablative laser procedures. The Pixel is a micro-thermal laser treatment that triggers the body’s natural healing process, stimulating collagen synthesis, resulting in smoother, firmer skin. It improves existing scars, whether from acne or injury. Pixel skin resurfacing can be used on patients of most skin types and all areas of the body. As it spares healthy tissue, Pixel may be performed on delicate skin areas including the face, neck, décolleté and hands, and may be combined with IPL for an enhanced result.
Generally, a treatment regimen involves two to four sessions spaced at four-week intervals. During and after treatment, patients will experience warmth and redness, comparable to a sunburn. There may be slight swelling and tingling. As new skin replaces devitalized tissue, the skin will flake, a sign healing is underway. Steady improvement will continue over weeks to months.
Deep laser resurfacing with a superpulsed CO2 laser can be performed on the entire face or just specific areas to treat deeper lines, surface irregularities, and discolored skin. The recovery time is considerably longer than with fractional resurfacing, but sometimes this may be the best option for select patients. Treated areas will appear like a superficial burn for 1 to 2 weeks, and the newly healed skin can then remain shiny and pink for several months