February is the perfect month to refresh your skin! There are so many different options to chose from and today I want to tell you a little about the iPixel. iPixel is a new ablative fractional laser treatment to help reverse the signs of sun damage and fine lines and wrinkles while also improving the appearance of superficial scarring that can be seen in acne sufferers. It is a safe and effective treatment that does not need any anesthesia and has minimal downtime. What does it do? Pixel perfect helps stimulate new collagen to help the tone and texture of your skin while decreasing pore size. This treatment is perfect for any patient wanting to clear sun damaged skin, smooth fine lines and wrinkles, shrink the appearance of pores, diminish acne scars and blend uneven pigmentation. How does it work? This is a short pulsed Erbium laser that creates thousands of microscopic perforations to ablate the skin at precise depths while the skin around those perforations stays in tact. This allows your skins top layer to heal from the edge of those channels rapidly and significantly improves your complexion. Each treatment only injures about 20% of the surface of the skin with each treatment and helps remodel the collagen . This is why 4-6 treatments would be needed for total rejuvenation. As the collagen remodels, the skin tightens and improves so that you see dramatic improvement in the tone and texture of your skin. How will I feel? Initially it may feel like a sunburn; there may be erythema, swelling and discomfort. You may see small little dots in the areas treated that become dry and flaky on day 3-4. Most of these symptoms will subside by day 5 and can easily be covered with mineral makeup. Why do this treatment? The best part of this laser is that there is little downtime and has results that are comparable to full ablative treatments that need much more downtime. Pixel perfect helps restore the skin to a fresh and healthy state and allows the patient to return to their normal activities immediately. How many treatments do I need? Usually we recommend 4-6 treatments at one month intervals and the full effect will take 3-4 months. What parts of the body can it be done on? It can be done on any skin types on the face and body, predominately on the face, neck. The beauty of this treatment is that it can also be done on the upper and lower eyelids.