Are there any other conditions that can be treated with the Pixel®?
Yes, Pixel® treatments will help patients who suffer from photo-aging of the skin, or excessive pigmentation in San Francisco. It can significantly reduce fine lines, especially around the eyes and mouth. It can also improve texture in the upper and lower eyelid.
How often will I need additional treatments? After your initial series treatments it is recommended to have follow-up treatments one to two times annually. However, we have patients who return every six months for a follow-up treatment because they love the way the treatment improves their appearance.
Are there any conditions that this treatment won’t help? It won’t treat broken capillaries, or facial redness and flushing, and significant pigmentation or melasma. PhotoFacial is a better treatment for that. It is not a substitute for a face-lift and will not help baggy or sagging skin, although some tightening and firming of skin is seen with this procedure. Laser Skin Tightening can be done in conjunction with the Pixel® to further improve sagging skin around the jawline and neck.
Individual results may vary.
Are there any contraindications to this procedure? Yes. It is not indicated in patients with connective tissue disease or autoimmune disorders. Pixel® is not recommended during pregnancy or recently sun-tanned skin. It cannot be used on patients taking Accutane or for six months after stopping Accutane®. The procedure is not usually done on patients with active acne cysts and large pustules. The same is true for highly active Rosacea. Most photosensitive medications such as antibiotics, anti-anxiety, sulfa drugs, birth control pills and anti-hypertensive medications are not a contraindication. Care must be taken in patients who get fever blister attacks on the face. An anti-herpes medication can be taken prophylactically.
How much improvement will I see?
Typically 70-95% overall improvement is seen in most patients. In order to yield those results, multiple treatments are required and adherence to a skin care regimen is paramount
Can I still be treated if I have a low pain threshold or sensitive skin? Yes. Few patients use an oral anesthesia, but most patients find the treatment only moderately uncomfortable, and no topical anesthesia is used. Patients may take some Ibuprofen prior to the treatment. We have extensive experience with patients who have sensitive skin, always listen to their concerns, and treat accordingly so that the most sensitive skin type is treated safely.
Is this like laser resurfacing? No. Laser Resurfacing is much more invasive and ablative, requiring time away from work and usual every day activities. Downtime is at least two weeks and up to a few months for the redness in the treated areas to diminish. Although it works well for significant lines, skin laxity and pigmentation, fractional ablative skin resurfacing provides less downtime, has fewer risks, and allows patients to return to regular work, family and social commitments almost immediately.
Can I accomplish the same results with chemical peels, microdermabrasion or PhotoFacial®treatments? No, although Pixel® treatments are used in conjunction with PhotoFacialSM , skin tightening procedures , Dermasweep and other facial procedures, such as Botox®Cosmetic and fillers for an overall rejuvenation effect.
Can I treat other areas of my body? Pixel® treatments can be used on the neck and chest, but is also frequently used to treat sun damaged areas on all parts of the body. It is also utilized to improve the appearance of scars and stretch marks on the body.