Touch Up Treatments Advisable After Initial Treatments?

I am 55 and had 4 pixel treatments 1-month apart about 1 year ago. They did much to improve pigmentation problems but did not resolve everything. I was told some people come back after a year for "touch up treatments." How long do the results of pixel treatments last? Are "touch ups" advisable? Can one have too many pixel treatments? If doing more treatments might be beneficial to help lingering problems, how close together should they be spaced? Thanks.

Doctor Answers 2

Treatments with Pixel

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The longevity of Pixel treatments depends on the patient, how robust their collagen response is and, not unimportantly, the settings used during the treatment.  With more aggressive Pixel settings as used in our office, patients typically only need one treatment with results that last for several years.  Of course, the downtime for a single, stronger Pixel treatment would also be slightly longer than more conservative, monthly treatments.  The frequence and spacing of additional Pixel treatments also depends on the patient, their healing response and how aggressive or conservative the settings were. 

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Pixel laser

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The results of Pixel Laser treatments are variable from patient to patient, and of course variable with the applied settings.  The Pixel laser works well for improving fine lines, pigmentation, and skin texture.  A touch-up would likely enhance and maintain your results, but I recommend having an evaluation by a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon first.

Jordan C. Carqueville, MD
Chicago Dermatologist

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