Laser resurfacing is a process that selectively causes damaged and aged surface skin to be replaced with new skin cells that are firmer, clearer and more youthful. Dermatology Group of Southern California, Inc. has chosen the innovative MiXto SX Factional laser for our patients who wish to have an effective laser resurfacing treatment that is safe, tolerable, and effective with minimal downtime. Patients see dramatic visible improvements in skin problems that previously had few options for even minimal improvements.
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“What patients notice and love is the immediate tightening of the skin. This is due to the immediate contraction of collagen fibers that reduces wrinkles and loose skin. Skin laxity is noticeably improved even after one session,” says Dr. Kenneth Lee, medical director of The Sloane Clinic, Singapore.
However, the benefits go beyond the immediate visible skin tightening. Apart from the immediate “lifting” effect of the skin, there is a secondary “skin rebirth” effect, which is the production of new collagen over the next 6-12 weeks. Source – Sloane Clinic Singapore
The MiXto SX is the first medical laser to offer MicroSpot fractional skin resurfacing technology combined with a high-speed scanner to deliver small (.3mm) spots in continuous wave mode.
Why is this important?
The scanning technique keeps the longest possible interval between adjacent spots that are being treated. This reduces the heat accumulation around the treated areas and allows for maximum thermal cooling of the tissue. This scanner sets MiXto SX apart from other fractional laser resurfacing lasers. Other CO2 fractional skin resurfacing lasers deliver larger (1.3mm) spots in super pulse mode with random distribution. This method requires some form of anesthesia and/or external tissue cooling devices.
With older CO2 laser fractional skin resurfacing systems, the beam moves across the skin, one spot after another, in linear fashion – causing excessive pain from thermal buildup and without time for tissue cooling. Complete facial anesthesia is required. This aggressive procedure results in long recovery times.
Most people will feel some stinging and burning during the procedure and for several hours afterwards. The stinging and burning will usually subside by 1-2 days. You may take ibuprofen/acetaminophen or similar medications to minimize this discomfort.
Your skin will look red and swollen from 1-3 days after each treatment. In rare cases, the swelling and redness may last for 1 week. In approximately 3-4 days, you will probably have some flaking and bronzing of your skin. The flakes usually resolve within a week.
We ask that you not apply anything to your face, except the ointment that we will recommend, for first 2 -3 days. You may wear make-up after that time.
Common side effects from treatment with the MiXto SX laser include the following: redness lasting for a few hours to a few days, swelling lasting for a few hours to a few days, tenderness during the treatment and immediately after, flaking of skin. Less commonly, you may have significant swelling lasting over one week, hyperpigmentation (darker discoloration), or hypopigmentation (lighter discoloration). Rare side effects include blistering or scarring.
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