Laser treatments have vindicated their place as being the most painless and effective methods for facial rejuvenation and for improving the appearance of your skin which over time and due to sun exposure develops fine lines and discolorations.
Facial Resurfacing with Erbium Pixel laser
So far, the methods used for facial resurfacing had the disadvantage of a prolonged recovery period, a situation that is difficult for our daily routine to accept. The developments in laser technology introduced the Pixel method which improves skin texture and appearance with a minimum of recovery time. This new laser, selectively targeting only the problematic areas, does not inhibit healing and is less aggressive compared to lasers in the past, achieving, however, accurate and drastic results.
Erbium Pixel laser can restore areas which show aging signs, smooth fine lines; (e.g. “crow’s feet”, the so-called “smoker wrinkles” on the upper lip); significantly improve acne or injury scars; give the dull face a more youthful and firm appearance. This treatment is not a substitute of surgery in cases of great relaxation with deep wrinkles and an overall aged look. What it does , though, is that it rejuvenates the face having fewer side effects than a chemical peel.
The method is based on the selective destruction of the target with micro-beams which selectively penetrate the skin without disturbing the healthy tissue, thus, accelerating the healing process. The Erbium Pixel effect is based on vaporizing the damaged tissue and removing the upper skin layer. What the laser does, is that it “maps” the skin as a network consisting of many smaller sections (pixels) and aims only at the problematic ones, such as scars, relaxation and fine lines. By maintaining the surrounding tissue environment intact, recovery is made rapid, as only the affected particles are being removed through the lymphatic channel. Therefore, skin appearance is restored faster since the injury is partial and does not affect the healthy cells.
Each session lasts no more than 15-20 minutes while the treatment is painless and requires no anesthesia. The energy level of the device is fully controlled and the treatment can be made either on a deeper level or more superficially depending on the size of the problem. As the treatment proceeds, the number of sessions is being defined (an average of 2-3 repetitions) recommended to have an in-between time gap of at leat 10-15 days.
After each session the skin exhibits a mild redness which, however, lasts no more than 48 hours. There is a possibility that you experience a burning sensation, like after extensive sun exposure, and that your skin may exfoliate for a few days. You can get back to your daily routine immediately by using a high protection sunscreen. Also, a mild swelling may develop in particularly sensitive areas (e.g. under the eyes) at least for the first hours following the treatment. In any case, after about 6-7 days the skin has completely recovered with the help of a good moisturizer recommended by your doctor.
Even a week after the first session the skin already looks and feels much better while after the completion of the treatment (it requires 2-3 sessions spaced at least 10 days apart) the end result is immediately visible. Always depending on the problem, scars and fine lines disappear and the skin becomes more youthful and radiant. The Erbium Pixel method has the great advantage that results are gradually achieved without damaging the skin on a deep level and without leaving laser marks.