If you’re looking for laser skin resurfacing to improve the appearance of your skin, there are a number of options on the market, so it’s all too easy to get confused about which treatment is best for you.
Health & Aesthetics is a leading aesthetics clinic, offering a wide range of non-surgical aesthetics treatments. We are doctor-led and will always give you a full consultation before agreeing and commencing any treatment plan. This is to make sure that you are fully aware of all aspects of your treatment, as well as enabling our Medical Doctor to check your medical history and ensure a treatment is suitable for you.
But to help you consider which skin resurfacing treatments might work for you, before you come in, here’s our comparison between two of the popular treatments that we offer – iPixel Erbium and C02 (carbon dioxide) laser skin resurfacing.
Both iPixel Erbium and CO2 laser skin resurfacing treatments work through a process called ‘ablation’, a word that means ‘wounding’. Ablation works by removing tiny areas of the epidermis and upper dermis, triggering the skin’s natural healing process and stimulating healthy new tissue growth. But there are significant differences between the two treatments.
IPIXEL ERIBIUM LASER RESURFACING
iPixel Erbium is a new generation of fractional skin resurfacing. This effective treatment can be used to improve skin texture and uneven skin tone, reduce pore size and reduce the appearance of pigmentation and scarring, including acne scars.
Compared to older skin resurfacing laser technologies, the iPixel Erbium laser gives excellent results with little downtime. It is less aggressive than ‘traditional’ laser resurfacing techniques, and is usually recommended for treating lighter scarring, or skin with less obvious signs of uneven texture.
Treatment takes around 45 minutes and is virtually painless, so no anaesthesia is needed. Recovery time is just 2-3 days, so downtime really is minimal. For best results, a course of treatment is recommended – 3-5 treatments at 4-week intervals.
Find out more about iPixel skin resurfacing at Health & Aesthetics here.
IPIXEL CO2 LASER SKIN RESURFACING
This treatment helps to dramatically rejuvenate the skin and can deliver radical improvements to aged, sun-damaged and scarred skin.
The advanced iPixelCO2 (carbon dioxide) laser is used and your skin is treated with a matrix of laser light. The result is a treatment that is fast, comfortable and requires less downtime than traditional resurfacing enabling you to get back to your daily routine quickly.
Each treatment takes from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area to be treated, and a local anaesthetic cream is used. Recovery time is usually 5-7 days, and patients may experience some redness, swelling or scabbing for a few days.
iPixel CO2 laser skin resurfacing is more aggressive than the new iPixel Erbium laser treatment, so the recovery time is longer. So it’s really more suitable for skin that needs more radical treatment. There is also a greater risk of hyperpigmentation following treatment. Hyperpigmentation is uneven areas of pigment, showing up as dark spots on the skin – like sun spots – caused by too much melanin. It can be treated, but the key to avoiding it following CO2 laser skin resurfacing is to follow to the letter the aftercare routine which your doctor will prescribe for you.
Find out more about iPixel CO2 laser skin resurfacing at Health & Aesthetics here.
Both treatments are FDA approved, so you can be confident of the results, but which you choose depends on how serious the condition that you want to treat, and your preference regarding downtime. At Health & Aesthetics, you will always have a full consultation, led by our Medical Director, Dr Rekha Tailor. Dr Tailor is a fully qualified medical doctor, and is highly experienced in all areas of non-surgical aesthetic medicine. She will talk you through the options, and explain everything to you fully, and recommend the best course of treatment for you based on your medical history and the results you hope to achieve.
To arrange a consultation contact Health & Aesthetics today.