Laser skin resurfacing

About the procedure

The iPixel laser is a treatment designed to help improve the quality and appearance of the skin.  This popular treatment helps improve fine lines, scars, sun damaged skin, pigmentation, and even pore size.  The laser beam penetrates the upper layers of the skin and creates tiny perforations called pixels.  This means only a fraction of the skin is injured by the laser beams, which improves the speed of recovery and minimizes downtime!  The end result is that new collagen is produced and outer layer of the skin is shed, which improves the texure and quality of the skin.

Patients should prepare for their treatments by avoiding any sun exposure or artificial tanning for 3-4 weeks.  All Retin-A products should also be discontinued for 2 weeks as well.  When patients arrive, they should not be wearing any makeup or skin care products.  During the treatment, patients may experience minimal discomfort and mild warmth, which they usually describe as a sunburn type feeling.  Recovery time will vary depending on the depth and strength of the treatment, so it can be anywhere from a few hours up to a few days.  There may be a white or brown grid pattern on the skin that can resolve within 1-2 weeks.

Frequently asked questions

What can the iPixel laser treat?

The iPixel laser is used to improve skin quality as well as laxity.  It is used to treat age spots, sun spots, acne scars, wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, spider veins, as well as to decrease pore size.

How do I take care of my skin after the iPixel treatment?

You will need to use a gentle cleanser and moisturizer after the treatment and avoid any harsh irritants on the treated skin.  It is important not to rub, exfoliate, or scrub the treatment areas. You will also need to use sunblock (minimum spf 30) to protect the treatment area.

How often can I have this treatment performed?

Treatments can be performed approximately every 4 weeks.  The number of treatments needed for each patient varies and is dependent on treatment area and skin response.

How long will the results last?

The results are permanent and may even continue to improve over 6 months or so.  However, your skin will continue to age due to sun exposure, weight changes, gravity, and other factors.  Additional touch up treatments will likely be necessary and using sunscreen daily as well as a good skin care regimen is important.

Can I combine this procedure with injectable treatments?

The iPixel can be combines with certain injectable treatments as long as the laser treatment is performed first.  If you have recently had fillers injected, we recommend that you wait 2 weeks post injections before undergoing a fractional laser treatment.