With offices in Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara, California, Neo Surgery Center is excited to offer a safe, non-invasive procedure to restore the flawless skin of your youth known as Pixel Erbium Skin Resurfacing. The Alma Lasers’ Pixel Skin Resurfacing technology is a new generation skin-resurfacing laser. Pain and long recovery times following laser treatments are things of the past with Pixel Erbium Resurfacing. The Pixel Laser is a fractional ablative laser that represents the best of both worlds for skin resurfacing: it combines the dramatic effects of an ablative approach with the patient comfort level and convenience of a non-ablative approach. Pixel Erbium Resurfacing is a specialized and computer-controlled removal of the layers of your skin’s surface with the ability to produce outstanding results and minimal risk.
Dr. Brent Moelleken M.D., F.A.C.S., performs Pixel Erbium Resurfacing in his Beverly Hills and Santa Barbara facilities that have served the California area and beyond since 1995. Dr. Moelleken specializes in plastic, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery and he is fully credentialed to perform surgery or a combination of facial procedures that will produce the best and most lasting results. As you age, your facial tissues sag and your once youthful facial fullness is lost. Dr. Moelleken recognizes the fresh, healthy appearance of youth stems not from the skin, but from the underlying shape of the facial tissues. Advances in facial rejuvenation are designed to restore the younger form of your face and neck, restoring a natural, youthful, and refreshed appearance.
Dr. Moelleken is a leader in laser technology, frequently conducting seminars so he can teach other physicians in laser development for aging and skin rejuvenation. Neo Surgery Center offers an array of laser treatment options and one is the Pixel Erbium Laser which helps stimulate collagen production, treats fine lines, brown spots, acne scars, and sun damage. Dr. Moelleken also offers the Accent Laser used to tighten sagging, aging skin, as well as reduce cellulite and the Soprano XL Laser Hair Removal System which is safe and effective in disabling the hair follicle and stopping its growth. Dr. Moelleken knows that skin care is one of the most significant components of natural beauty, no matter what your age, skin tone, or type. At Neo Surgery Center, Dr. Moelleken will provide you with all of the resources you need to take good care of your skin. A top priority on his list, he has created an exclusive selection of skin care products to meet your skin needs known as Dermystique. He understands how important your skin is: not just for you to look good but for your overall health as well.
Double board certified by the American Board of Surgery and American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Moelleken received his premedical, medical, and surgical training at Harvard University, Yale University, UCSF, and UCLA. He is one of three specialty-trained surgeons in the world to complete the yearlong Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship at UCLA. He has the prestigious FACS degree and is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Who’s Who in the World and numerous medical and scientific organizations. Dr. Moelleken has been involved in research and education with the non-surgical plastic surgery industry for years. Recognized by his peers, he remains an active training physician and medical professional who demonstrates the most modern and effective technological advances in the plastic surgery field. He uses only the safest, proven skin care therapies and the cornerstone of his practice is approaching your goals through natural restoration of anatomic and physiologic relationships. Dr. Moelleken remains current on all trends and he believes in treating all of his patients like family members. Offering the highest quality service personalized to your specific needs, call Neo Surgery Center today and let us make you look and feel younger than you have in years.
Laser Skin Resurfacing
Today, you have numerous choices when it comes to skin resurfacing procedures, from radio frequency to IPL to non-ablative procedures. In the past, ablative skin resurfacing with full-powered lasers was the only available solution for rejuvenating skin and erasing wrinkles. At that time, surgical CO2 lasers were used as a means to help skin recover from sun damage and discoloration. Ablative laser skin resurfacing worked by applying a very precise amount of laser energy to the skin, which heated up the water in the top layers to the point where water evaporated and the skin cells were destroyed. After that, the body’s natural collagen building repair system took over and built new layers of skin. Ablative skin resurfacing worked by removing sun-damaged skin and filled in new collagen where wrinkles and fine lines once existed. Thousands of women underwent this procedure but the complications and side effects were in some cases unbearable. Patients had to take up to seven days off from work, they could not go outside into the sun for several weeks, and the healing process involved an oozing, bubbling and painful recovery. It was soon discovered that ablative laser skin resurfacing, although effective, was not ideally suited to most patient’s lifestyles and tolerance for pain.
A few years ago, scientists began exploring the idea of pulsing and pixelating lasers in such a way that they would damage the skin beneath the surface, which has the collagen-producing effects, while leaving the skin at the top intact. This shift significantly reduces patient downtime and today these fractional CO 2 lasers have revolutionized the services cosmetic surgeons are able to provide. Fractional CO2 lasers employ a technique known as fractional photothermolysis, which uses precise laser beams to affect very small-interspersed groupings of skin cells. This method leaves the adjacent cells intact so that they can quickly fill in the very small damaged areas and significantly decrease the healing process. Fractional laser technology continues to evolve and today’s systems are much more effective and patient-friendly than ever before. One of the main benefits of fractional laser treatments is that they are generally very comfortable for the patient as most only experience a minor prickling sensation. When used with a topical numbing gel or air-cooling system, patients will only feel slight heat on their skin and there is usually no recovery time after a fractional procedure.
There are two types of fractional lasers:
The fractionated carbon dioxide lasers can treat more deeply, but they also can require more downtime than the more gentle, non-CO2 fractionated laser
Recently, Erbium lasers have been developed which are safer and minimize patient downtime and recovery from skin rejuvenation. Erbium lasers were first used in the 1990s in dental procedures and then later for cosmetic treatments. Today, the devices are a very useful tool in the growing field of laser skin resurfacing. The Erbium laser uses the chemical element erbium to generate energy (hence the name) and fires infrared light onto your skin in short bursts. Erbium: YAG lasers emit extremely short pulses of infrared energy (2940nm). Tissue studies show that these lasers remove very precise thin layers of skin or tissue with each pass (pulse). In effect, an Erbium laser behaves similar to a Dermabrasion device with significantly more control in the removal of skin layers. The Erbium laser results in a narrower area of heating of adjacent tissues than with other laser skin resurfacing methods and this results in a more focused removal of old skin cells layers.
Erbium laser procedures are most commonly performed on the face, but the laser can also be used on the neck, arms, and hands. The Erbium laser is the latest advance for the treatment of aging and sun-damaged skin. Erbium laser skin resurfacing is a procedure specifically designed to remove superficial and moderately deep lines and wrinkles on your face. The laser is ideal for treating age spots, acne scars, mole removal, tattoo removal, rhinophyma, and other such skin conditions.
The Erbium laser produces less heating or burning of surrounding tissues than other lasers used for resurfacing. This allows Dr. Moelleken to gently and comfortably vaporize the damaged skin cells layer by layer. In the Erbium Laser Resurfacing procedure a small area of the skins surface is heated with the cool Erbium laser which in turn vaporizes superficial damaged skin cells and resulting in the thickening of the skins collagen. Studies have shown that the Erbium laser stimulates the production of collagen underneath your epidermis, which fills in wrinkles while getting rid of dead skin at the same time. The Erbium laser provides a method of skin resurfacing that utilizes the cool light of the Erbium laser and this technique results in less post-procedure redness, swelling, and a greater turn around in healing time than with other laser skin resurfacing methods. All of this culminates in the Erbium laser being a more accurate and less painful method of restoring your skin to its more youthful appearance.
Pixel and Fraxel Lasers
Pixel and Fraxel are brand names for specific types of laser treatment systems. Both Pixel and Fraxel treatments utilize fractionated lasers to resurface your skin. Instead of one large laser beam, fractionated lasers create many small, separated microbeams, which hit the skin in such a way that the areas between the beams are unaffected. Because there are portions of the skin that are left untreated, the recovery time is faster and there is less chance of complications. The areas of skin that the laser does reach are stimulated, so new collagen production is promoted and the skin becomes plumper.
Fraxel Laser: Fraxel lasers are CO2 lasers that deliver more heat to skin tissue. This results in greater collagen stimulation for a more dramatic improvement.
Pixel Laser: Pixel lasers are Erbium lasers, which penetrate skin tissue less deeply than a Fraxel laser. Pixel laser therapy usually requires multiple treatments for optimal results. The Pixel module delivers results equal to ablative lasers but it eliminates possible side effects of ablative treatments. It also can be used on the face, neck, chest, arms, and hands, which is a much wider scope than the traditional technologies. Although there are a lot of laser instruments similar to the dot matrix laser in the market with different names, the Pixel Laser can be mainly identified into two kinds: one is Erbium Laser and the other is the Pixel Laser. The force of penetration of the Erbium Laser is the weakest because it can only penetrate through the epidermis. The Erbium laser can treat the superficial skin but cannot heat dermal collagen. Both the Fraxel and Pixel lasers are used to treat aged or damaged skin and results vary depending on the intensity of treatment and the type of laser used.
The Pixel® Erbium-YAG laser is a new generation of skin resurfacing lasers with the proven effectiveness of ablative (deeper) skin resurfacing with the comfort and convenience of a non-invasive approach. The Pixel is an Erbium-YAG laser is used in laser skin resurfacing and a laser treatment and is the best you can look without the use of a CO2 laser or by means of surgical intervention.
The Pixel Erbium is a preprogrammed laser beam that passes through the patented Pixel micro optics lens and penetrates your skin. In fractional laser technology, the laser beam is split into a series of dots in a grid pattern, just like the pixels on a digital camera. The laser penetrates the skin deeply in the small spots, which produces a wound healing response and new collagen formation whilst leaving normal skin between the dots. This means that the skin remains intact without an open wound and is able to cover very quickly. It creates a micro-injury, or an ablative and thermal effect, while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. The micro-injuries begin the process of healing through collagen growth and collagen remodeling. This in turn tightens the skin and improves the overall texture and tone. Improvement in your skin occurs in a two-fold process as the laser removes damaged tissue at the surface of your skin and also generates heat below within the dermis to stimulate collagen.
During your Pixel Erbium Resurfacing procedure, you will experience a mild sunburn sensation for about an hour and then you will feel virtually no discomfort. Your new, epidermal skin develops immediately and this process of skin repair involves various stages. Your skin will have a pinkish tone for five to seven days and this is a normal sign your skin is healing deeply. Your skin will have a bronze appearance that lasts anywhere from three to fourteen days, depending on the treatment level. Your skin will naturally and vigorously exfoliate as the reorganized epidermal skin replaces dead tissue. Flaking is similar to that of minor sunburn, without the associated pain and the use of a moisturizer will mask the appearance of flaking. Swelling is mild and generally resolves in two to three days. You will be required to use a sunscreen to protect your skin from sun exposure during the healing phase. Applying a moisturizing sun block with an SPF of at least 30-plus is recommended.
The Pixel Erbium Resurfacing Procedure is performed with minimal downtime and discomfort. Unlike traditional treatments, with this latest technology you will not have to deal with bandages, thick ointments, or confine yourself to your house for weeks during the healing process. There are no messy topical anesthetic creams to apply prior to the treatment, no dyes applied to the skin and best of all; the after care is simple and convenient. This gentler laser resurfacing treatment delivered by Pixel means you can go from your laser treatment to your usual lifestyle routine within hours.
The Pixel creates a smoother, tighter, improved skin texture after just one session because this technology has been shown to trigger a biological response, which leads to collagen remodeling. For optimal improvement, Dr. Moelleken usually recommends a series of treatments but this will be determined during your consultation depending on your skin needs. The Pixel laser resurfacing process is so gentle that the hard to treat areas once forbidden by traditional resurfacing procedures, can now be addressed. Pixel Erbium resurfacing is able to focus on areas without the major concerns of hyper or hypopigmentation as well as infection and significant downtime. The length of the Erbium laser procedure varies from 15 minutes to slightly more than an hour depending on your individual needs.