If you are looking for a non-invasive way to tighten your skin, you should check into the Pixel® laser. It is a fractional laser therapy that can be done with little or no downtime and minimal discomfort. Before you choose a more aggressive treatment, you should have a discussion with our team about the benefits of this innovative therapy. You may find that you can get back to normal life quicker and more comfortably than you first thought.
Pixel® lasers work by penetrating the skin with very tiny light pulses. They do not destroy the surface of the skin the way traditional ablative lasers do. Ablative lasers vaporize the entire surface and force the body to regenerate an entirely new skin surface. A week or so of downtime is required before the individual can return to normal life. This can be avoided when you choose the Pixel® laser system.
The microscopic penetrations of the skin from Pixel® laser therapy leave plenty of healthy skin cells that can aid in the healing process. In the end, the outcome is positive, and there is no need to schedule a bunch of time off for recovery.
In addition to resurfacing the outer skin, the energy from the treatment stimulates the growth of new collagen. Since collagen is what keeps the skin tight, a lack of it will lead to the development of lines and wrinkles. Collagen levels will naturally drop with age because the body begins to produce less of it as the years go by.
When the energy that penetrates the surface of the skin is absorbed by the deeper layers, it converts to heat. The heat will then stimulate the growth of additional collagen. This will happen over the following months as a gradual process. At that point, the collagen levels will be closer to what they were in years past. As a result, the skin will be tighter and free from lines and wrinkles.
While the collagen growth process takes a little time to complete, there will still be some degree of skin tightening that is noticed immediately. This is because of the skin’s initial response to the laser energy.
The Pixel® laser provides another advantage over other types in that it does not require a topical cream to be applied before the treatment begins. These creams can be a bit messy and aggravating. Most patients do not require an anesthetic either.
During a consultation at Medical Aesthetics of Virginia in Norfolk, our medical professional can evaluate your condition and give you a better idea of what kind of results you can expect from Pixel® laser treatments. Contact us today to schedule an appointment!