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Frequently Asked Questions About the Mixto SX

What is MiXto SX Micro Fractional CO2?

This is a carbon dioxide laser that has been used for more than 25 years in the aesthetic industry. It is commonly used for the 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. The skin remodeling occurs with new skin and collagen growth. MiXto SX stands for the Mixture between CO2 energy and fractional resurfacing. The SX stands 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 our physician at Los Angeles Acne Center more control to 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. This 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 for maximum time for thermal cooling of the tissue, less pain for the patient, and a 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 SX delivers more results in a 30-minute treatment than competitors can accomplish in three treatments. The outcome also provides the patient with less discomfort, downtime, and cost.

Does It Hurt?

For most patients we apply topical anesthetic and oral Tylenol so they can drive themselves home. The discomfort is similar to a bad sunburn.

What Are the Risks?

There Are a Few Side Effects That Accompany This Procedure:

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 SX system presents a minimal amount of swelling that can last up to seven days. Look at the anti-inflammatory drug prelone on this site, with its help, the duration can be reduced.
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 antivirus 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 individual and their lifestyle. Typical downtime is seven to twelve days.

What Is the Recovery Like?

You will be red and can be swollen the next day. On the second, third, and fourth day, you will see some peeling and can experience a little itchiness typical to a sunburn.

When Do You See the Results?

The result is usually seen within two weeks! When we are doing the procedure you can see the skin contract and shrink. You 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 SX 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 precancerous lesions.

How Many Treatments Are Needed?

In most cases, one treatment is all that it takes. For deeper wrinkles and acne scars, it may take two or more treatments.

Is It Just for the Face or Can It Be Used on Other Areas of the Body?

Though this is most commonly used on the face, other places can be treated. It can also be used on the neck, chest, arms, and hands.

Is the Treatment Expensive? What is the Cost

The new technology has actually brought the price down without compromising the results. MiXto treatments are generally under $3000 for a one-time, full-face treatment. Please note that none of the above information is intended as medical advice.

Results may vary and no guarantees are made. Your doctor will discuss your specific case with you, including risks, options, and alternatives.

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