What is Pixel Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

Fractional Laser means the laser beam is broken up into dots (or fractions) 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 name Pixel describes how the laser works; it’s like the pixelation dots on a TV. These small pixels of laser punch holes in the skin.

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Common names

Pixel, Fraxel, Fractional skin resurfacing, Dot laser

Targeted areas

Skin texture, Sun damage, Pigmentation, Acne scarring, General scarring, Skin rejuvenation, Sun spots, Skin tightening and Wrinkles

Procedure Information

Procedure Type

Non Surgical


From $450


Clients usually need between 3 and 4 treatments for the desired results.

Recovery Time

This downtime can be from 1 day to 1 week, the more treatments you have the longer the recovery will be.

Treatable Area's

Face, Decolletage and Hands

What happens before the treatment?

This laser can be used on most skin types, including dark skin types which are unsuitable for light and lasers that are attracted to pigment.

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 applied. Numbing cream can be applied and gas can be used to make you more comfortable during treatment, although many patients have said this treatment hasn’t been particularly uncomfortable.

Eye shields will be placed in situ to protect your eyes. A small vacuum-cleaning type device will suck up any dead skin cells. Treatments will take approximately 15-30 minutes and longer for larger areas.

What happens after the treatment?

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, like sunburn. Discomfort is usually minimal.

Aftercare instructions are available and you should strictly follow these. Usually, this involves icing and use of a bland moisturiser. The skin should be kept lightly moist for at least 2-days. Some patients experience peeling and scabbing. Make-up should be avoided until the skin is healed, this is usually up to 5 days.

Downtime can be from 1-day to 1-week. Recovery is usually much faster than Erbium laser resurfacing. You need to be realistic and realise this treatment has variable outcomes. The average is usually 3-4 treatments. You should sleep with an extra pillow, upright to reduce swelling and take a daily antihistamine such as Claratyne.

Important: Don’t use any creams on the skin that are not approved by the doctors. If the swelling becomes excessively severe or a fever occurs, please ring the clinic immediately. This treatment is usually well-tolerated and extremely safe.

How many treatments do you need?

Four treatments are needed on average, although many patients are satisfied after their second treatment. The treatments can be performed 4-8 weeks apart, but the general rule of thumb is as soon as the skin feels fully healed a treatment can occur.

Why choose Absolute Cosmetic Medicine for this treatment?

  • Dr Syed has performed almost 4,000 laser treatments, making him one of the most experienced in Perth and Western Australia
  • Absolute Cosmetic Medicine was one of the first full-time cosmetic clinics in Perth
  • We have a 24-hour on-call service to assist you with any concerns

*Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risk.  Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified practitioner.

"Dr Syed has performed almost 4,000 laser sessions making him one of the most experienced in WA."

How can we help?

Whether you have a treatment in mind, or you have a condition that you’d like to discuss with one of our professionals, please make an enquiry using this form. Be sure to include your ideal date and time for your appointment

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