Once you have been evaluated and found to be a good candidate for the Pixel, topical numbing cream will be applied to your skin to provide the most comfortable treatment for you. Topical numbing takes about 20-30 minutes to take effect. While most patients find the topical numbing to be sufficient for pain control, some patients prefer to be given oral pain medication. This decision is dependent on each individual patient and their pain tolerance. If you choose to have pain medication, you must have someone available to drive you home after the treatment. If you have a history of cold sore or herpes breakouts, we recommend pre-treating and post-treating with an anti-viral such as Acyclovir, as Pixel treatments can activate outbreaks in some patients. A prescription for medications determined by your provider will be written for you and you will have the option of using your insurance or to pay cash for the medication.
After the topical numbing has had time to take effect, the numbing cream will be wiped off, and you will be given a gentle cleanser to use to wash the area completely clean of any makeup and numbing cream. After drying the skin, you will be given a headband to keep hair out of the area, and protective eyewear to wear during the procedure. It is also recommended to remove jewelry at this time. Next the areas are treated with the laser. When the pulse is delivered to the skin you may feel a warm sensation, like a sunburn over the areas being treated. On average, the treatment time of a Pixel is about 30 minutes. After the treatment is finished, a soothing recovery cream or lotion will be applied to the skin.