WHAT IS LASER SKIN RESURFACING?
The procedure involves removing the surface of old, damaged skin causing the deeper skin layers of skin to grow a new epidermis with increased amounts of collagen underneath and giving the skin an improvement in colour, texture, improvement of wrinkles, acne scars and superficial growths and a more youthful appearance
HOW DOES THE PIXEL FRACTIONAL ERBIUM LASER WORK?
The Pixel®'s 2940nm Er:YAG ablative laser is delivered to the skin through a micro-optics lens. This creates 49 (7x7) or 81 (9x9) pixel sized ablation dots on the skin.
FRACTIONAL LASER RESURFACING?
Fractional Laser Resurfacing only treats part of the skin leaving uninjured skin around the treatment site that acts as a barrier promoting quicker healing and faster recovery. The pixel laser uses a matrix of microscopic laser beams each the size of a human hair to drill into the skin leaving much of the surrounding skin undisturbed. Because nearby cells are not damaged they are able to move into the microscopic injured area and promote rapid healing. The stimulation of a healing response leads to the formation of new collagen in the treated area. In addition to thes 'ablative' effect on the skin's surface, there is a tightening'effect on collateral collagen fibres and a resulting smoothing effect.
SCARRING AND STRETCH MARKS
Skin is scarred by many causes. These include acne, burns, surgery, accidents or chicken pox. Scars often make people more self-conscious.
As soon as the deeper layers of the skin (dermis) are damaged, the body immediately begins repairing the wounded area. Numerous cells migrate to the damaged area, macrophages remove dead cells and debris and fibroblasts produce collagen that ‘bridges the gap’ over the wounded area to heal the breach in the skin.
Fractional laser resurfacing treats part of the skin leaving uninjured skin areas around the treatment site that act as a barrier promoting quicker healing and faster recovery.
Stretch marks (striae) initially appear as red or purple superficial scars that over time become sunken and white in colour. Rapid stretching of the skin results in damage to the supportive framework under the stretch mark. Microscopically the collagen and elastin foundation becomes thinner and broken. Because stretched skin is more transparent, small blood vessels beneath the skin’s surface are initially more visible resulting in red or purplish marks. Over time these blood vessels contract and the purplish colour fades to white.
Clinical trials have recently shown fractional lasers can lead to considerable improvement in older white or silver stretch marks.
Fractional laser resurfacing only treats part of the skin leaving uninjured skin around the treatment site that acts as a barrier promoting quicker healing and faster recovery. The Er:YAG pixel laser uses a matrix of microscopic laser beams each the size of a human hair to drill into the stretch mark leaving much of the surrounding skin undisturbed. Because nearby cells are not damaged they are able to move into the microscopic injured area and promote rapid healing. The stimulation of a healing response leads to the formation of new collagen in the treated area. In addition to this ‘ablative’ effect on the skin’s surface, there is a ‘tightening’ effect on collateral collagen fibres and a resulting smoothing effect.
As the laser energy is so well absorbed, it instantly vaporises the skin and tissue so precisely that surrounding skin is hardly affected. Because of this, the pain factor and side effects are greatly reduced compared to other resurfacing devices, while degree of prcision and control is significantly enhanced. Only a few microns of thickness are removed at each laser pass. The healing process lasts approximately 5 days.
SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS
The Pixel®2940 machine offers speedy healing and minimal downtime.
Treatment is generally considered to be well tolerated and almost pain free, with a light flicking or 'elastic band' feeling on the skin as the laser is fired, and some sensation of warmth felt during treatment. The treatment of deeper wrinkles and scars may produce more discomfort and heat effect. We use a cold air device to aid any discomfort felt.
Side effects are minimal but with any laser treatment there are cases hypo- or hyper-pigmentation (dark or light patches forming on the skin), post-procedure infections, swelling, erythema (redness) or oedema (swelling caused by inflamation).
Immediately following treatment, the skin may feel tighter or firmer, and have a smoother feel to the touch. Redness (like sunburn) and skin flaking (from the dots) can be expected in the days post-treatment, similar to a superficial peel, but with no pain or discomfort expected. It is also advisable to apply suncreen to the treated area.
Multiple treatment sessions are required with Pixel®2940 to obtain optimal results.
We can target areas around the eyes, mouth and chin as well as treat the whole face.
A treatment programme of 3 - 6 treatments, spaced 2 - 4 weeks apart is recommended to achieve the best results for indications such as sun damage, acne scars, enlarged pores and rough skin texture, fine lines and pigmentation.