Facial Resurfacing with Pixel
- The Non-Surgical Face Lift -
Over time, your skin is damaged by exposure to sun and air pollution, stress, fatigue, and even by lifestyle choices. This keeps you from looking as good on the outside as you feel on the inside. Pixel® Resurfacing is a safe, non-invasive procedure that allows you to rediscover the fresh, healthy skin of your youth.
Rejuvenate your face, neck, chest and hands with minimal downtime!
Pixel® has received FDA clearance for treatment of acne scars, age spots/brown spots, melasma (mask of pregnancy), and wrinkles around the eyes.
There is simply nothing else like it for improving the appearance of your skin and giving you a renewed sense of confidence. Pixel® Treatment repairs damaged skin, pixel by pixel, spot by spot with minimal downtime by promoting fast and natural healing. Restore the healthy skin of your youth and gain a renewed sense of confidence with this safe, non-invasive procedure.
How Fractional Laser Treatment Works
Pixel® Facial Resurfacing produces thousands of tiny but deep columns of treatment in your skin, known as microthermal treatment zones. This treatment eliminates old epidermal pigmented cells. It also penetrates deep into the dermis. Just as important, though, are the areas of skin the Pixel laser leaves untouched. For every microthermal zone the laser targets and treats intensively, it leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact. This "fractional" treatment allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area were treated at once, using the body's natural healing process to create new, healthy tighter tissue to replace skin imperfections. To learn more about how the process works, view our video that explains the services that we perform at our Michigan resurfacing facial office.
Pixel® is safe for all skin types.
Pixel® Resurfacing: The 360 Treatment Protocol
Until today, most lasers treated the skin with high power levels and macroscopic spot sizes. The problem with this approach is that healthy tissue is often damaged along with the skin that is being treated. In addition, there was no overriding technological intelligence for controlling the amount of thermal injury that the skin receives.
Treating the skin fractionally with patterns of microscopic laser spots, each of which is 70-100 microns in diameter, results in a unique wound healing process. This is aided by the fact that each laser spot (known as a MicroThermal Zone, or MTZ) is surrounded by healthy tissue. Many of the stem cells and melanocytes in the papillary dermis are spared. Fractional wound healing results in both rapid reepitheliazation of the epidermis as well as collagen remodeling to depths of 400-700 microns.
At your initial consultation, your consultant will determine the best treatment plan for your desired results. By design, each Pixel® Treatment targets between 20 and 25 percent of the skin's surface. Clinical studies suggest that on average, an effective treatment regimen is 3 to 5 sessions, spaced about 2 to 4 weeks apart. Depending upon your condition and schedule, you and your physician may choose to space treatment sessions even further apart. Results are immediate and progressive. Optimal improvement is usually visible in about 2 to 3 months. Because Pixel® Laser Treatment spares healthy tissue, it is effective even on delicate skin areas, such as the neck, chest and hands.
Preparing for Treatment
Pixel® Treatment is performed in our office using only topical anesthetic in most cases. If you are having a significant area of your skin treated, we will develop a pain management approach to maximize your comfort during the procedure. The treatment area will be thoroughly washed prior to the procedure. Some patients opt for an optional anesthetic cream provided by Athena Laser and Skin Institute.
After Your Treatment
You will experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour and then minimal discomfort. The skin will have a pinkish tone for 5 to 7 days. This is a normal sign that the skin is deeply healing. Swelling is minimal and generally resolves in 2 to 3 days.
You may apply make-up or shave soon after treatment. Some patients are able to return to routine activities, including work and social obligations, the same day of treatment. Others require a little more time, depending upon their skin condition and treatment. Please consult your physician to understand how Pixel® Laser Treatment will fit into your schedule.
New epidermal skin develops within 24 hours. This process of skin repair involves:
1. Bronzing: Your skin will have a bronze appearance that lasts anywhere from 3 to 14 days, depending on your treatment level.
2. Flaking: Your skin will naturally and vigorously exfoliate as new skin replaces dead tissue. Flaking is similar to that of minor sunburn, but without the associated pain. Use of a moisturizer will mask the appearance of flaking.
3. Sunscreen: Be sure to use sunscreen at least twice daily to protect your skin from sun exposure during both the healing phase and for several months after treatment. Apply a moisturizing sun block with an SPF of at least 30. For added protection, use wide-brimmed hats when in direct sunlight.
Over the following weeks and months, the body repairs the deeper dermal tissues that have been affected by the Pixel® treatment, producing longer beneficial changes associated with a healthy, youthful appearance.