Does Pixel Laser Treat Broken Capillaries?

Will Pixel treatment remove the appearance of broken capilaries?

Doctor Answers 5

Pixel is not useful for Spider Veins.

The Pixel 2940 Erbium Laser is a skin resurfacing laser that can dramatically improve your skin’s appearance. During each Pixel treatment, thousands of microscopic spots known as “pixels" are created and about 5 treatments are needed to get full effect.

Since only about 20% of the surface area is affected during each treatment, this technology combines the benefits of the proven results ablative lasers, i.e. no pain or minimal pain and discomfort is noted.

Pixel fractional resurfacing is a safe and effective way to treat sun damage, skin discoloration, acne scars, rough texture, enlarged pores, fine lines and skin laxity on the face, neck, chest, arms and hands with essentially no downtime. It does not treat spider veins, aka telangiectasias or thread veins.

Buffalo Phlebologist
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If you are referring to Fraxel, it may improve the...

If you are referring to Fraxel, it may improve the vessels. V-beam, IPL, Versa pulse and Pulsed Dye lasers treat these capillaries better.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 37 reviews

Pixel for Skin Texture

The Pixel laser will not treat broken capilaries. It is used more for skin resurfacing for fine lines, deep lines, some acne scars, and some (not drastic) discoloration. We do have a laser that is built to treat broken capilaries. It is called AFT (Advanced Flourescent Technology). It treats broken vessels and hyperpigmentation, and the recovery is much like that of Pixel.

Jeffrey W. Hall, MD
Austin Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 18 reviews

Pixel is for skin resurfacing

Lasers are specialized beams of light that work by being absorbed by the various different types of pigment in our tissues. Pixel erbium laser light is preferentially absorbed by the collagen within the skin. A different type of laser, such as V-beam or Versapulse, would be more effective for small spider veins.

Kevin Brenner, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews

Treatment of Spider Veins with Laser

Spider veins are best approached by a comprehensive treatment plan including assessment of venous reflux, laser, and sclerotherapy.  Pixel laser plays no role in the treatment of spider veins and may actually induce angiogenesis.

Raffy Karamanoukian, MD, FACS
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 94 reviews

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