I’m considering pixel laser treatment for scars and sun damage. Is this a safe and effective treatment with satisfactory results?

5 Answers

  1. dssarnoff wrote on :

    Pixel is just one brand of fracitional laser resurfacing. Fractional CO2 and fractional erbium laser resrufacing – in the hands of a very experienced dermatologist or plastic surgeon is safe – provided certain precautions are taken pre-and post-operatively. make sure you seek out the most qualified physician for the job as it can be tricky.

  2. Jessica Krant, M.D. (Derm) wrote on :

    Pixel laser (and any of the fractionated laser treatments) can be safe and helpful for scars and sun damage. Thin beams of laser light are used to damage the skin in a grid-like pattern, to allow the healthy intact neighboring cells to direct healing, and generate new skin. The only thing I caution you about is not to underestimate how many treatments it may take, and that your initially glorious results may later revert a bit. It is not harmful (except to the wallet) to get more treatments over time. Always be sure to see only a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon for these high tech, risky procedures. In the right hands, they are safe.

  3. drjosie wrote on :

    I agree with the other doc’s. I too use the Sciton ProFractional laser because of the use of erbium primarily. It does have CO2 laser light as well, but that is used sparingly for specific issues only, making the procedure very safe and effective. Depending on the depth of your scars and how much “downtime” you are willing to endure, you may need more than one treatment for maximum effective results.

  4. Debra Jaliman MD wrote on :

    Many people like the pixel laser as it is safe and effective. It takes multiple treatments to achieve the desired result. It makes microscopic defects in the collagen to stimulate collagen production. An another alternative would be Fraxel

  5. Cynthia Bailey MD wrote on :

    This is a fractionated laser meaning that tiny laser channels are used to create collagen under your skin with laser ‘wounds’ that are ideally so small that they do not leave a mark. The end result is of course very dependent on the physician doing the procedure, but in general it’s a great technology and a big advance over the lasers from 20 years ago. I think it’s a highly effective and safe treatment for sun damage and scars, but again, that depends on the physician’s technique. It is a strong laser so there are of course risks and you need to ask all the questions you need to in order to be certain that you fully understand what to expect and what the risks are.

    I use the Sciton ProFractional laser which is fractionated erbium. I like erbium over CO2 laser light because there is less risk of causing skin redness. The Pixel name is used for both of these laser light types so ask your doctor which they are using.

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