Ablative Fractional Laser Resurfacing Pixel Perfect - Bala Cynwyd, Philadelphia
Clear, Radiant Skin with Little Downtime
Dr. Lynn Klein and our Aesthetic Dermatology team are able to minimize premature signs of aging and reverse years of sun damage with Pixel Perfect, an ablative fractional laser skin resurfacing treatment. Clear, radiant skin can be achieved in as little as a single treatment, with little downtime.
How Does Ablative Fractional Skin Resurfacing Work?
Ablative fractional skin resurfacing can be used on the entire face or specific areas of the face to improve the appearance of:
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Large pores
- Acne scarring
- Uneven pigmentation
- Areas of sun damage
Ablative fractional skin resurfacing works by making microscopic perforations in the deeper layers of the skin. These micro-injuries are arranged in a pattern, with the skin in between the injuries remaining intact. The collagen contracts between the tiny holes for an allover skin tightening effect.
This technique is advantageous for two reasons: less surface injury and a quicker overall recovery. Traditional ablative resurfacing, which removes the top layer of skin, creates a universal surface injury, and can require almost a month of recovery. Because ablative fractional resurfacing targets the deeper layers of skin, and leaves tissue intact between the micro-injuries, recovery time is significantly shortened. Also, fractional treatment is less risky than traditional ablative treatment.
Ablative fractional skin resurfacing is performed at Aesthetic Dermatology’s Bala Cynwyd office on an outpatient basis. Anesthesia (usually local) is recommended for patient comfort, and a sedative may provide a relaxing effect. Prior to your treatment, the patient’s skin is cleansed and their eyes are covered as protection from the laser’s beam.
The Pixel Perfect handpiece is placed over the skin and emits tiny pulses of laser light. The light penetrates the skin and creates the micro-injury sites, leaving healthy tissue intact between the tiny holes. Total treatment time varies by patient, but generally takes around 30 minutes. Patients with severe skin issues may require longer treatment.
Some patients will achieve a beautiful, youthful-looking complexion after a single treatment. Others may require a series of treatments to achieve their desired skin tone and texture.
Recovering from Ablative Fractional Skin Resurfacing
After treatment, the face may be covered with an ointment to protect the skin as it heals. Initially, the skin will look red or flushed, similar to a sunburn. The Aesthetic Dermatology team will provide instructions for cleansing and protecting the skin from the sun during the initial recovery. Recovery can take as little as a few days, depending on the patient.
Once the redness subsides, the skin will look clearer, smoother and more even in tone and texture. Wrinkles and pigmentation will be less noticeable and the face will appear younger. Results can last for years to come; periodic touch-up treatments may be recommended.
Possible Side Effects of Ablative Fractional Skin Resurfacing
Ablative fractional skin resurfacing is generally a safe procedure with a low risk of complications. Possible side effects of ablative fractional skin resurfacing include post-operative swelling and scabbing. The skin may also be pink for several weeks to months, but this can be concealed with makeup.
For more information about ablative fractional skin resurfacing or the Pixel Perfect system, please contact Aesthetic Dermatology today and schedule a consultation. Call (610) 668-2570 to make an appointment.