MiXto Fractional CO2 Laser
The future is here with new technology in skin resurfacing with the MiXto SX®. Combining the effectiveness of Carbon Dioxide lasers long known to be the GOLD STANDARD in wrinkle removal with an innovative "quadrant" fractional technology and a more tightly focused beam, the MiXto SX® laser delivers uniform tissue ablation to the dermis causing immediate contraction and tissue tightening. A secondary effect is the production of new collagen over the next 6-12 weeks. This advanced technology delivers powerful results without the harsh side effects and downtime of traditional CO2 resurfacing.
The MiXto® treatment is giving all the benefits of traditional laser resurfacing, without general anesthesia, pain and prolonged downtime.
The benefits to the Patient are:
- Shrinkage of damaged skin
- Possible minimal discomfort with topical anesthetic Minimal downtime (5 days) Softening of fine lines and wrinkles Removal of age and sun spots Treatment of Acne scarring New collagen production for up to one year following treatment. Individual results may vary, consult your doctor to make sure you are a good candidate for this treatment.
The MiXto SX® gives Physicians the ability to carefully regulate the depth of penetration and the amount of heat delivered by the beam. The high-speed scanner driven by a patent pending algorithm divides the treatment area into four quadrants or "fractions" and skips the beam from quadrant to quadrant so that each strike is separated by the longest possible interval. The process is repeated until the entire area is treated. Dividing the laser energy this way allows maximum time for thermal cooling of the tissue, less pain for the patient, and faster recovery.
With this "quadrant" fractional technology and a more tightly focused beam, the MiXto SX® laser delivers uniform tissue ablation to the dermis causing immediate contraction and tissue tightening. A secondary effect is the production of new collagen over the next 6-12 weeks, which improves skin elasticity and restores a more youthful appearance.
Who is a Candidate
Here is the amazing part. Even patients with a darker skin complexion such as Hispanic, Asian, and light African American skin can be treated with this laser. Its ideal for acne scarring and deep pigmentation unresponsive to topical agents and peels.
What are the Risks
Just like any other surgery there are some risks involved with the Mixto Micro Fractional Resurfacing. Because only about 20 percent of the skin is "ablated" the risk of scarring and depigmentation are drastically reduced. Prophylactic antibiotics and anti-viral medication reduce the risk of infection. Allow Dr. Afshin David Rahimi to go over these with you in a complimentary consultation.
How long does the procedure last
The procedure takes about 60 minutes and can be performed in the office.
We usually apply a thick layer of topical anesthesia (EMLA Cream) 30 minutes before the procedure. A small amount of pain medication or Valium can also be prescribed to make the procedure more comfortable.
What other areas besides the face can be treated?
The Mixto can be used off the facial skin on the neck, chest, arms and hands to reduce scarring and dyscolrations secondary to sun or trauma
Who will be performing the procedure?
Dr. Afshin David Rahimi
You get the benfit of laser surgery by an experinced and board certified dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon.
Cost: The cost ranges from$1500 to $3500
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Frequently asked questions about the MiXto SX® Laser
- What is MiXto SX Micro Fractional CO2?
CO2 is a carbon Dioxide laser that has been used for more than 25 years in the Aesthetic industry for treatment of conditions such as fine and deep wrinkles, scars of various origin, uneven pigmentation and dilated pores. When the CO2 beam of light comes in contact with the epidermis it heats and vaporizes the skin tissue, removing the superficial layers of the skin, scars and wrinkles while possibly out the surface of the skin. The skin remodeling occurs with new skin and collagen growth. MiXto SX stands for the Mixture between CO2 energy and fractional resurfacing, the SX stand for surgical because the Laser can also be used to make a very clean incision without bleeding.
- How does it work?
The MiXto SX gives the Physician more control to regulate the depth of penetration and the amount of heat delivered by the beam. The high speed scanner, driven by a patented pending algorithm divides the treatment area into four quadrants or “fractions” and skips the beam from quadrant to quadrant so that each strike is separated by the longest possible interval. This process is repeated until the entire area is treated. Dividing energy this way allows maximum time for thermal cooling of the tissue, less pain for the patient and faster recovery! Compared to traditional resurfacing of the past this is a big step in technology for the patient and the physician!
- How is this different than other laser treatments?
The MiXto delivers more results in a 30-minute treatment than competitors can accomplish in 3 treatments for less discomfort, downtime and cost.
- Does it hurt?
For most patients we apply topical anesthetic and oral tylenol then they can drive themselves home. The discomfort is similar to bad sunburn.
- What are the risks?
Erythema (redness of skin); the laser-treated areas have a distinctive redness representing increased blood flow due to the growth of the superficial tissue and collagen. It will gradually fade during the first few days. Inflammation (swelling); Treatment with the MiXto System presents a possibly minimal amount of swelling that can last up to 7 days. Hyperpigmentation (tanning); This is presented after the third day of the procedure but then begins to shed and reveal younger healthy looking skin. A personal interview and clinical examination will be conducted to obtain relevant facts about your medical and dermatologic history, and any medications you are currently taking or have taken in the past. If you are prone to cold sores, you need to ask your doctor for an antivirius prescription before the treatment.Fractional Treatment with the MiXto SX has been proven safe for the face, neck, chest and hands.
- How long is recovery?
Most patients are ready to go back to work the next day, but it depends on the patient and their lifestyle. Typical downtime is 7-10 days.
- What is the recovery like?
The patient is red and can be swollen the next day. On the second, third and fourth day the patient is peeling and can experience a little itchiness typical to a sunburn.
- When do you see the results?
The result are usually seen between 2 weeks! When we are doing the procedure you can see the skin contract and shrink. The patient will really see the benefits by the time the skin is completely peeled and will continue to see results for up to six months with new collagen regeneration that “plumps” up the skin.
- Who is the best candidate for this procedure?
There are three separate groups the MiXto applies to, the younger patient with severe acne scars, the middle-aged patient with wrinkles and age spots and the older patient with wrinkles, age spots and pre-cancerous lesions.
- How many treatments are needed?
In most cases only one, but for deeper wrinkles and acne scars two or more treatments.
- Is it just for the face or can it be used on other areas of the body?
It is most commonly used on the face but can be used on neck, chest, arms and hands.
- Is the treatment expensive?
The new technology has actually brought the price down due without the compromising the results.
- What is the cost?
MiXto treatments are generally under $3000.00 for a one-time full-face treatment.
Note: None of the above is intended as medical advice.