Pixel laser resurfacing is a type of laser skin treatment that is used for cosmetic rejuvenation. It differs from other types of laser resurfacing in that the recovery period is neither as long or as obvious. While some mild redness is common after a pixel laser resurfacing treatment, it is not nearly as extensive as with more traditional laser treatments, and typically clears up within a day or so.
Like other forms of laser rejuvenation, pixel laser resurfacing tightens the skin, reduces or removes skin discolorations, decreases the size of pores, and reduces the appearance of both acne scars and stretch marks. The laser works in two ways, it removes the outer layers of the skin that are damaged, and it stimulates the skin to produce collagen. The production of collagen smooths fine lines and wrinkles so well that it makes a suitable replacement for Botox injections.
An erbium yag laser is used for pixel laser rejuvenation. It uses ablative fractional technology, where the small pieces of the skin are removed in a random pattern. Roughly 35 percent of the skin's surface is covered by the laser. The untouched areas speed the healing of the treated spots.
The pixel laser resurfacing process is generally considered painless, although some individuals may experience slight discomfort during the procedure. Afterwards, the skin will feel mildly irritated, similar to a sunburn. The practitioner will likely recommend not wearing makeup, and avoiding sunlight for a few days. Once normal activities are resumed, it is important to protect the skin with sunscreen.
Results from pixel laser resurfacing include firmer, tighter and smoother skin, and a more even complexion. The results from this type of laser resurfacing may be apparent after one treatment. For best results, treatments are typically scheduled in a set of five, with a two to four week wait between each session.
As laser resurfacing processes become less invasive, with shorter recovery times and less redness and irritation, they are becoming more popular. There is a growing trend to resort to cosmetic rejuvenation while younger, rather than waiting and getting more invasive plastic surgery. Having laser resurfacing at a younger age can reduce or eliminate many of the most common signs of aging, including fine lines, deep furrows, dark spots, and broken capillaries. Pixel laser resurfacing can be used on the neck, chest, and hands, in addition to the face, which are all areas that commonly show signs of age.