What is Pixel Laser Treatment?

Pixel is a “fractional ablative” laser skin resurfacing treatment that primarily addresses aging and the physical signs of aging that go with it. Fractional lasers create tiny holes or “injuries” in the skin to trigger collagen production for a tighter and more youthful result. Fractional lasers can be both ablative and non-ablative, meaning they actually cause skin peeling. In this case, Pixel laser treatments are both fractional and ablative, making this treatment highly effective in treating lines, wrinkles, acne scars, sun damage, and skin tightening. It comes with minimal discomfort and minimal downtime. The treatment can also reduce the appearance of stretch marks.

Who is a Candidate?

A candidate for Pixel laser resurfacing is a patient who is concerned with the signs of aging that go beyond pigmentation and age spots. This laser can produce tighter, more youthful skin through the fractional treatment process but also sheds the outer layer of skin. It also combines a peeling resurfacing treatment with a collagen-stimulating treatment for a powerful result. This treatment is one of the most powerful laser treatments and works well on all skin types.

It is recommended that patients exhibit some of the following signs before undergoing treatment: leathery skin, sun-damaged skin, numerous wrinkles in multiple directions, hyperpigmentation, uneven texture, or the presence of pre-cancerous skin growths.


Since this laser combines two methods of correction, the results can be quite powerful. Most patients should expect some downtime with this laser, with the potential for redness, swelling, and peeling. You’ll want to limit your sun exposure in the days after treatment.

Depending on the depth of treatment, Dr. Sweat may recommend the area be covered with petroleum jelly or a bandage. These factors greatly impact how soon you can expect to see your final result. The new skin will take a while to form; once it does, the result is drastically younger, fresher-looking skin. Just like other laser treatments, the pixel laser treatment cannot prevent aging, but it can help reverse the effects of aging. That is why continued skin protection and health care are key.