PIXEL Laser Skin Resurfacing
Pixel Perfect Laser Skin Rejuvenation / Resurfacing
PIXEL Laser Skin Rejuvenation / Resurfacing is the latest approach to improving skin complexion, texture and tone, acne scars and wrinkles on all areas of the body using fractional resurfacing.
The PIXEL represents the latest generation of laser skin resurfacing devices capable of improving a variety of skin conditions without the downtime and discomfort associated with other resurfacing lasers.
This FDA-approved treatment represents the best of both worlds for skin resurfacing: it combines the proven effectiveness of an ablative approach (aggressive lasers that remove the outer layer of skin) with the client comfort level and convenience of a non-ablative approach (lasers that do not remove the outer layer of skin).
What is the PIXEL Laser and how does it work?
A laser is a high-energy beam of light that can be directed into certain areas or tissues within the skin. These beams of light are produced in one wavelength or colour at a time, and can vary in terms of their strength and the type of tissue that they can target.
The process of directing a light source to target a selected area of the skin to damage it is technically known as "selective photothermolysis"; where “thermolysis” refers to ‘decomposition by heat’ and “photo” refers to ‘light’.
Unlike as seen with selective photothermolysis, where the whole of the selected target area is damaged; fractional photothermolysis seeks to only damage certain zones within the selected target area, hence only causing fractional damage through the heat of the light source.
The PIXEL laser fires a laser beam which is then split into many microscopic beams, producing tiny dot, or pixel-like treatment zones on the skin; sometimes referred to as MicroThermal Zones (MTZs).
These MTZs penetrate deep into the skin, destroying the old cells.
For every MTZ that the laser has targeted and therefore treated, it leaves the surrounding tissue unaffected and intact. This allows the skin to heal quickly creating new healthy tissue to fill in the damaged MTZs.
What happens during the treatment and how long will it take to recover?
Your first discussion with our specialist practitioner should clearly set out your expectations of the treatment and the practitioner should tell you whether or not these results are achievable using this method.
Your medical history will be taken, to ensure that there are no reasons why you shouldn’t have the treatment.
The practitioner will use a small hand piece to touch your skin with flashes of light in the area to be treated. Depending on the extent of the area to be treated, each session can take from a few minutes to half an hour.
Most people find that they can return to work immediately after treatment.
How safe is PIXEL Laser Skin Rejuvenation?
Although the PIXEL laser effectively bores tiny holes in your skin, healing is quick with minimal to no downtime.The procedure can be used on both light and darker skin types and, depending on the area of your body treated; the procedure is very well tolerated with minimal or no pain.
For several hours afterwards the skin will feel tight and have the appearance of a “sunburned” look. The skin may continue to look “pinkish” for 5 -7 days and any swelling, which should be minimal, usually disappears after 1 – 3 days.
As the skin heals itself, you will find mild to moderate skin flaking, which may last for up to 2 weeks.
Who is not suitable for treatment with PIXEL Laser Skin Rejuvenation?
Clients who are pregnant should not have treatment because of the hormonal and pigmentary changes that can occur during pregnancy. If you have a history of poor skin healing or have used isotretinoin in the last 6 months, you may also not be suitable for treatment with the PIXEL laser.
What results can I expect?
Clinical and research studies have proved that PIXEL Laser treatments can significantly improve skin texture, reduce roughness and pore size, reduce acne scarring, reduce some excessive skin pigmentation or age spots (including some melasma) and soften lines and wrinkles.
Treatment success varies from person to person and relies upon careful client selection, setting realistic client expectations and client compliance.
Depending upon the severity and extent of the skin problem that is treated, a course of three to five treatments every three to four weeks is normally recommended.
Occasionally we find that some clients require more than five courses of treatment and/or an occasional ‘top-up’ treatment once the initial course is completed.
Gallery of before and after photos
|Left: Joanne (one of our clients) with mottled pigmentation cause by sun damage (black and white picture is taken using a UV camera).||Right: Reduction in pigmentation following just one treatment with PIXEL.|
|Left: Uneven skin tone on the décolletage.||Right: More even skin tone following three treatments with PIXEL.|
Am I a good Pixel Perfect candidate?
Anyone whose skin shows signs of ageing is a candidate for Pixel Perfect. The most dramatic results are seen on people who have tried non-invasive therapies and are looking for something more aggressive. The best candidates have moderate sun damage, are in good health, have good health habits and typically take good care of their skin.
Does Pixel Perfect work on all skin types?
Yes, Pixel Perfect can be performed on all skin types; however, it is a good idea to consult with your physician, as some skin conditions can interfere with proper treatment.
How long will it take?
Pixel skin rejuvenation treatments usually take less than 30 minutes, but could be longer if your condition is more advanced. Your exact treatment regimen will depend on your individual condition.
Is it safe?
Pixel Perfect treatments are safe and effective, without injections or surgery. You can expect your skin to be flushed and red after the treatment, but this is completely normal and short-lived. As long as you carefully follow your post-treatment instructions, this will be the limit of the difficulties you might experience.
Will it hurt?
How much the procedure hurts varies from person to person. In general, the procedure can feel similar to a sunburn. Your doctor may prescribe an over-the-counter pain medicine to make you more comfortable. The sunburn sensation is likely to continue after the treatment. These symptoms are a normal part of the healing process and should improve quickly.
What if I need a touch-up, later?
While Pixel Perfect reverses the appearance of ageing, we can't stop the ageing process. Depending on your starting point and your lifestyle following treatment, your new look can last several months or longer.
For most patients, a touch-up treatment after 6–12 months (usually using a different light-based skin rejuvenation technology) helps maintain a healthy glow.
How much does it cost?
Pixel Perfect™ costs vary, depending on your treatment area and skin condition. After a comprehensive consultation and a close look at your skin Eliza will be able to tailor a bespoke PIXEL Laser Skin Rejuvenation / Resurfacing Treatment programme.
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023 8033 2552 / 07786 233053
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