1. What is MiXto SX Micro Fractional C02? C02 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 C02 beam of
light comes in contact with the epidermis it heats and
vaporizes the skin tissue, instantly removing the
superficial layers of the skin, scars and wrinkles while
smoothing out the surface of the skin. The skin remodeling
occurs with new skin and collagen growth. MiXto SX stands
for the Mixture between C02 energy and fractional
resurfacing, the SX stand for surgical because the Laser can
also be used to make a very clean incision without bleeding.
2. 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!
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. 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 minimal amount of
swelling that can last up to 24 hours. 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.
6. 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 4-5 days.
7. 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.
8. When do you see the results? Right away! When we
are doing the procedure you can immediately 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.
9. 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.
10. How many treatments are needed? In most cases
only one, but for deeper wrinkles and acne scars two or more
11. 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.
12. Is the treatment expensive? The new technology
has actually brought the price down due without the
compromising the results.
13. What is the cost? MiXto treatments are generally
under $3000.00 for a one-time full-face treatment.
LJR - I had some dramatic improvement in texture and
sun spots almost right away. My skin felt and looked
tighter. The improvements continued for the next several
months resulting in diminishing of lines.
Wilma G. - I have always taken great care of my skin
but nothing was helping with the brown spots and fine lines
on my face. I heard amazing things about MiXto skin
resurfacing through my golfing friends and decided to try it
myself. The biggest improvement I noticed was the texture of
my skin was so much smoother. When I went to the Doctor for
my checkup visit, they were impressed with the texture but
were more amazed at the tightening effect it had along my
jaw line and around my eyes. It’s been six months since my
MiXto treatment and my skin improves everyday!
Kay - I have always taken good care of my skin but at
48 years of age I started noticing brown spots on my cheeks
and puffiness under my eyes. I decided to take the step and
see if the MiXto could improve my appearance. At my first
visit they took my before photos showed me the reality of
how bad my skin looked without makeup! I scheduled my
treatment ASAP! The office managed my expectations so I was
prepared for the worst, and experienced what I thought was
an easy process. Within 4 days my skin was peeled and looked
fresh and slightly pink. I was told to wear sunscreen and
could apply makeup but didn’t really need it. My skin looks
fantastic with one treatment and best of all my lower
eyelids are not puffy anymore!
Joe Doogan - I’m a 68 year old Irish male with
fair skin. My skin is sun damaged with premature aging,
solar freckles, actinic keratosis and pigmentation changes
all due to the sun. My Physician, John Shega M.D.
recommended the MiXto fractional C02 laser because of all
the damage to my skin, and the potential of future problems
the spots could get worse. I also wanted to look a bit
younger! I had the MiXto procedure done on 8/11/08. After
mild swelling with bronzing of the skin, I peeled for about
2 days, and after a week the redness was gone. I have
received complement after complement about my “NEW” face and
how much “younger” I look, (one lady at my church actually
said that I looked Hot!) What a difference this has made for
me! With smooth skin now on my face and a younger look, I
could not be more pleased. I have been told I look 15 years
younger, what a deal this is, with just a few days of
redness and peeling! Worries about future medical problems
with my facial skin have vanished and I now have a new face
and a new life!
Paul R. Danville - Six months after having the MiXto
laser treatment, I was asked by my family physician what
happened to my skin? Every year, I would have pre-cancerous
spots removed from my face but not this time. This amazing
treatment has motivated me to take care of my skin. I now
always apply sunscreen when outdoors.