Does anyone have any experience with this procedure? Am considering a combo of this plus AFT pulsed light to remove brown and red spots and improve skin tone, etc. Would appreciate any insight you may have.
Hi dee, I had both of the treatments you are considering.I had hormonal and sun aggrivated pigment and had tried everything before resorting to the lasers as it is quite expensive.A dermatologist did 3 ipl treatments 1st to treat the surface sun damage and break up the pigment to leave behind just the smaller deeper marks.The ipl worked minimally as most of my pigment was deep and hormonal,the derm used this ipl result to decide that the pixel would be more effective. ipl was just like a ping against the skin and hardly any after problems,i then continued with fortnightly pixel laser of which i think i had about 6 treatments.After this my skin felt sore which went away by the next day and it then dried out and flaked over about 6 days,but the treatment itself wasn't any worse than the ipl.It was a very slow and progressive result and got rid of 90% of my pigment.you do need to be patient for results.It is now 6 months since my last treatment and my pigment has remained gone,i noticed bigger improvments about 4 months after my last treatment as my skin has renewed itself over time, and my pores are a lot better too.The first few sessions i was dissappointed at 1st as i think i had too high expectations,i expected results much quicker but am sure everyone responds differently,if you have the money and patience,it can be v.effective.Good luck!
Hello Mari,the derm did say that the pixel treatmant helps treat the current problem, and encourages new the skin to be rejuvinated,but cannot stop future damage,so it's up to you to be extra vigilant with spf,so i use 50spf in the summer.She also said that if your skin is prone to this you should make sure your daily skin care is tailored for pigment problems,she reccommended exfoliation,high spf and moisturisers with anti oxidants for day and retinol if your skin likes it at night.This should give your skin a better chance of staying clear.my skin is so much better and has remined so far.I used a cream called terprolene after,it was reccommended by my salon,and was made for after lasers,it helped take the redness down quicker (mine was really red the first night)!and promotes strong new skin,i clensed as usual the evening after treatment and it did sting a lot!Then i applyed the terprolene as i would a moisturiser.These various types of cream are usually reccommended but not essential,i bet different derms reccommend different products!i was told the main things were to use a high spf after treatment and keep it moisturised.They always tell you there are risks involved and no guarantees!
juadlu == thanks for all the info == it was really helpful. I had dermabrasion done to my face some year's ago and didn't follow the surgeon's advice -- he warned me about wearing a strong SPF for at least 6 mos. after the procedure. I didn't and ended up with brown patches in some areas -- and these are what I want removed. Talk about over processing one's skin!