Pixel Laser Resurfacing
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of skin problems can Pixel Fractional Skin Resurfacing address?
Pixel is effective for treating a variety of common skin concerns including
acne scars, fine lines and wrinkles, rough skin texture, sun damaged skin,
melasma and other forms of hyperpigmentation, enlarged pores, stretch
marks, and surgical scars. Pixel can be performed on the face, neck, chest
and most other areas of the body.
How does Pixel Fractional Skin Resurfacing work?
The Pixel laser creates many tiny laser holes in the skin, removing part
of the top layer of skin. It leaves the surrounding skin cells intact
to serve as a reservoir for rapid healing. The laser stimulates new collagen
growth to smooth and tighten the skin. You will continue to make new collagen
for 6 months after a Pixel treatment.
Does the treatment hurt?
There is some discomfort during the laser treatment. We use a Zimmer, which
blows cold air over the skin to help numb the skin during the treatment.
After the Pixel treatment is performed, there will be a sunburn-type sensation.
We treat small sections of the skin and apply a topical numbing cream,
which relieves the heat sensation very quickly. We provide you with a
jar of the topical numbing cream to reapply at home for the first 24 hours
as needed for any discomfort.
What can I expect after the treatment?
The treated area will be very red and swollen for the first 24-48 hours.
The skin will begin to flake and peel on days 3-4. This is especially
noticeable during cleansing the skin. The skin on the face is usually
essentially healed after 5 days – though there may still be some
redness. Skin on areas of the body (anywhere off the face) can take at
least twice as long to heal because the skin turns over more slowly and
does not have as many oil glands present. Most patients can begin to apply
mineral makeup after 3-4 days. We will schedule you back for a microdermabrasion
in 1-2 weeks to complete the process of eliminating the dead skin cells
and rehydrating your skin.
Are there any special instructions to follow after a Pixel treatment?
You will be provided with topical numbing cream, a gentle cleanser, and
all of the skin care products you will need to use on your skin while
you are healing. It is important that you keep the skin moisturized while
you are healing. You should avoid any products other than those provided
for you until your skin is completely healed. If you have a history of
cold sores, you will be given a prescription for an antiviral medication
to begin taking prior to your Pixel to prevent a cold sore outbreak while
you are healing from your procedure. You should use a sunscreen with at
least an SPF of 30 on the treated area after your treatment to prevent
pigment change with sun exposure.
How frequently do I need treatments?
Pixels are done as frequently as 1 month apart. For conditions such as
acne scarring, patients typically need 3-5 treatments. For skin rejuvenation,
Pixel may be combined with other treatments.