Improve Skin Texture with Fractional Laser Treatments
|Procedure Name:||Pixel Fractional laser.|
|Also Known As:||Pixel, Fraxel, Fractional skin resurfacing and Dot laser|
|Great For:||Improving skin texture, sun damage, pigmentation, acne scarring, scarring, skin rejuvenation, sun spots, skin tightening and wrinkles.|
Please read all of below before attending your consultation and to assist you in understanding the procedure:
- MUST read before consultation – Pixel Fractional Laser Consent (199 KB)
- MUST read before consultation – Pixel Fractional After Care (692 KB)
What is Fractional Laser?
Fractional Laser is a fraction of the laser used in one treatment. What this means is the laser beam is broken up into dots and these dots punch small holes in the skin, which heal with new improved skin. The heat also stimulates collagen growth. These small laser dots will also slowly punch out pigmentation and scars. The results are variable but the machine is extremely effective.
The advantages of this machine compared to Erbium laser resurfacing, is that the down time is less and the actual wound is minor. Erbium laser resurfacing will completely remove the top layer of upper dermis. As the treatments are more gentle there are more needed. The pixel laser can be used in gentle settings or aggressive settings.
The name Pixel is a good description of how the laser works. It is like the pixelation dots on the TV. These are all little bits of laser that punch holes in the skin. The un-triggered skin adjacent to the dot that is treated will supply healing cells for this area. This gradually replaces the damaged skin over time.
Four treatments are needed on average, although many patients are satisfied after their second treatment. The treatments can be performed two weeks apart, but the general rule of thumb is as soon as the skin feels fully healed a treatment can occur.
The machine is a true laser and only doctors should perform this treatment.
What can be Treated with Fractional Pixel Laser?
Pixel laser can successfully improve the appearance of:
- Sun damage
- Fine wrinkles and lines
- Acne scars
- Surgical scars
- Trauma scars
- Uneven skin tone
- Stretch marks
- Loose skin
The laser can be used on most skin types including dark skin types which are unsuitable for IPL.
Patients should avoid blood thinning medications and report any recent changes in health. The area should be clean and dry prior to treatment with no makeup on. Emla numbing cream can be applied although many report this treatment has not been particularly uncomfortable. Eye shields will be placed in situ to protect the eyes. A small vacuum cleaning like device will suck up any dead skin cells. Treatments will take approximately 15-30 minutes and longer for larger areas.
The area treated will look like the pixelation of a TV set. These are usually fine white dots. The area then becomes redder and warmer much like sunburn. Discomfort is usually minimal.
Aftercare instructions are available and should be taken and strictly followed. Usually this involves icing and use of a bland moisturiser. The skin should be kept lightly moist for at least two days. Makeup is usually applied the next day although some patients do experience peeling and scabbing.
The later treatments are usually stronger and can cause more downtime. This downtime can be from one day to one week. Recovery is usually much faster than Erbium laser resurfacing. The patient must be realistic and realise this treatment has variable outcomes and the average is usually 3-4 treatments. It is wise to sleep with an extra pillow, upright to reduce swelling and take a daily antihistamine such as Claratyne.
Do not use any creams on the skin that are not approved by the doctors. If the swelling becomes excessively severe or a fever occurs ring the clinic immediately. This treatment is usually well tolerated and extremely safe.
Contact Absolute Cosmetic Medicine, Perth WA to find out more about Pixel Fractional Laser Resurfacing and for advice on whether this treatment is suitable for you.
*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.