This is what a Pixel fractionated laser treatment looks like from before (first image) to immediately after (second image) and day-by-day to the seventh day after the treatment.

We compared our standard skincare products on the left side of the face, with a new product from Vivier, HYDRAgel, and a SkinMedica product, TNS Ceramide Treatment Cream.

We chose the HYDRAgel for 2 reasons: 1) it is an excellent oil-free moisturizer full of hyaluronic acid, Vitamin B5 and glycosaminoglycans, and 2) our experience was that it didn’t hurt on Pixeled skin.

The TNS Ceramide is designed to help skin heal after a Pixel. Ceramides are the specific fats on the surface of your skin. In damaged skin, you need to replace the ceramides to promote skin healing and prevent drying. The TNS line of products also contain peptides and vitamins that stimulate growth and help the skin to heal faster.

Immediately after the treatment, you can see some dark red patches where we did extra shots of laser for scars and wrinkles on Miss A. These are mostly on the right side of her face. She applied the HYDRAgel and TNS Ceramide to the right side of the face. At this point, her skin is feeling pretty sunburned; she doesn’t look very happy, does she?

DAY 1: Twenty-four hours after the treatment and everything has settled down. Miss A’s complexion appears darkened because she has so much healing and blood flow happening in her face. At this stage, you can comfortably apply makeup and cover everything.

At this stage, the skin is feeling rough to the touch. The roughness lasts 5 – 7 days and flakes off.

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 6

DAY 7: By 7 days after the treatment, Miss A’s skin has healed. Notice how Miss A looked happier and happier as the week wore on — this was her natural response to the treatment.

She now has new skin cells and new collagen in her skin, making her skin smoother, brighter, lighter and tighter. Her skin is more reflective, which is why it appears so white under the lights.

In the final image, I don’t see a difference between the 2 sides of the face so you might think that the skincare products didn’t make a difference. Don’t forget that the right side of her face was worse to start with and received a more intense treatment. The fact that the right side caught up with the left side so quickly and healed so well suggests to me that the skincare products made a difference.