Fractional Lasers and Skin Tightening
For those patients with medium to deep wrinkling who wish to avoid surgical skin tightening procedures but desire a youthful, refreshed skin tone, “fractional” ablative skin resurfacing is the ideal choice.
Years ago, ablative skin resurfacing fell out of favor due to the treatment’s long downtimes and risk of complications. Now with the fractional technology, you again see the fabulous results but with a considerable reduction in downtime. Although having surgery can help to correct the positioning of aging tissue, it cannot restore the skin’s once youthful glow.
With the fractionated procedures, laser light passes through the patented Pixel® micro optics lens array to penetrate the skin with tiny thermal channels. This creates an ablative and thermal effect in only these channels — a micro-injury that leads to collagen growth and skin tightening — without disturbing the surrounding tissue. The tissue surrounding the micro-injury sites (about 15-20 percent of the treatment area) starts the process of healing. The intact, undamaged skin around the treatment site is what promotes quicker healing for a faster recovery.
Pixel Erbium or iPixel CO2 ?
These are similar treatments in that both are fractionated skin resurfacing and tightening. The erbium procedure is simply a bit milder and is a great introduction to fractional resurfacing. The CO2 laser produces more energy for a more aggressive treatment. “Pixel” and “iPixel” are the proprietary names for Alma laser’s hand pieces that deliver fractionated laser energy.
- Age spots
- Acne and other scarring
- Downward drooping of facial features
- Effects of traditional resurfacing with a considerable reduction in downtime
- Minimal risk of side effects
- Natural-looking results