Austin Moxi® Laser
Moxi is a gentle non-ablative fractionated wavelength laser that is ideal for nearly anyone who would like brighter, refreshed, more youthful looking skin. This nonablative fractionated wavelength laser concentrates on improving the overall quality of the skin and preventing the signs of aging. However, when the early signs of aging are present, the providers at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery (aka the Buckingham Center) may be able to address these signs with this revolutionary laser treatment.
Who Should Consider Having Moxi Laser Treatments in Austin, Texas?
Patients frequently ask the doctors at the Buckingham Center how they can add subtle skin rejuvenation treatments to their overall skincare routine. One way patients can accomplish this is with nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatments. These innovative treatments rejuvenate, brighten and refresh the skin.
- Nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatments are ideal for an individual who needs a light touch up to help improve skin quality and pigment, or for someone who is just beginning his or her skin care journey and would like a preventative treatment.
- Moxi Laser treatments are perfect for people who would like to appear more youthful and refreshed with little to no downtime.
- A patient can have nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatments to help maintain the results from previous cosmetic surgery.
- Anyone who would like to see improvement in skin pigment, tone, and superficial fine lines and wrinkles should consider accomplishing this with nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatments.
- This nonablative fractional wavelength laser addresses sun pigment, freckling, and can also be used to help treat skin-darkening conditions such as melasma.
Sciton Initially Created Moxi to Delay the Signs of Aging
Sciton is the company responsible for developing the diode laser system, which is the laser system the Moxi Laser treatment uses to improve a patient’s skin. The company considers its nonablative fractional wavelength laser treatment to be a preventative skincare treatment. When Sciton refers to a product or service that helps delay the signs of aging, it uses the term “prejuvenation.” Although Sciton’s nonablative fractional wavelength laser treatment was initially created for prejuvenation purposes, it can also address the early signs of aging. Therefore, if a patient has the early signs of aging, the providers at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, can use Moxi Laser treatments to soften the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.
How Does Sciton’s Diode Laser System Work?
Moxi’s handheld device uses a fractionated, 1927 nm wavelength laser to create miniscule wounds in the skin. These micro injuries stimulate the body’s natural wound-healing response. In addition, these mini wounds cause skin cell turnover to quicken for refreshed results.
What Is the Body’s Wound-healing Response?
The body’s natural wound-healing response includes increasing the production of elastin and collagen. Elastin gives the skin its flexibility, and collagen is the main structural protein in the body. Collagen provides strength and support by helping new cells form in the middle layer of the skin (i.e., the dermis).
Which Areas of the Body Can the Doctors at the Buckingham Center Treat with Sciton’s Diode Laser System?
At the Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, a Moxi Laser treatment can address skin issues that affect the face, chest, neck, arms and hands.
What Skin Issues Can Nonablative Fractional Wavelength Laser Treatments Address?
The Moxi Laser treats poor skin texture, minor skin laxity, superficial sun damage, an uneven complexion, as well as fine lines and wrinkles, and melasma.
Addressing Issues Related To Color Variances, Skin Tone and Texture
To target issues related to pigment, tone and texture, the nonablative fractional wavelength laser changes electrical energy into light. The laser creates miniscule perforations in the outermost layer of skin (i.e., the epidermis). Since the body needs to repair these micro injuries, new skin cells grow. These new cells improve the skin’s texture and tone. In addition, the brown and red spots that result from sun damage or the natural aging process become less visible.
What Are the Benefits of Moxi Laser Treatments?
Shorter Treatment Times
For the most part, the providers at Buckingham Center can complete a Moxi Laser treatment session in just 10 to 15 minutes with a maximum time of 30 minutes. That said, treatment times do vary and the length of a patient’s laser treatment session is based on several factors.
Factors affecting treatment time include:
- How large the treatment area is.
- The depth at which the laser must penetrate into the patient’s skin.
- The number of times the laser needs to pass over the area receiving treatment to attain the results a patient desires.
- Amount of topical numbing time requested.
- Additional treatments paired with the Moxi (e.g., a Broadband Light treatment).
Typically, the Nonablative Fractional Wavelength Laser Is Gentle Enough to Forego Anesthetic
The Moxi Laser is so gentle that injectable numbing medications are not necessary. Therefore, with nonablative fractional wavelength laser treatments, patients can avoid the use of needles and the long-term effects associated with injectable anesthetics altogether. Nonetheless, if the patient prefers, the provider can always apply a topical numbing cream before starting his or her nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatment.
Treats Any Skin Type
This revolutionary nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatment is beneficial for men and women with any skin type. This means that even individuals with darker skin tones can enjoy the refreshed, brighter-looking skin that Moxi’s diode laser system can provide.
A consultation for new patients and prior to new treatments is required to make sure that Moxi is the right treatment for you and proper pre- and post-treatment care is taken.
The diode laser system that Moxi uses is less invasive than its counterparts are. As such, the likelihood of a patient experiencing hypo- or hyper-pigmentation after a Moxi Laser treatment session is minimal.
Offers Multiple Energy Settings
Since Moxi’s nonablative fractionated wavelength laser has three energy settings, at the Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, our providers can create each of their patients a personalized treatment plan.
Patients Can Receive Treatment All Year Long
The 1927 nm laser within the hand piece that the Buckingham Center providers, in Austin, Texas, use during a Moxi treatment session targets the water inside the patient’s body. Since the laser targets water, patients can receive their nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatments at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery all year long with proper sunscreen use and skin protection, as well as proper pre- and post-treatment care.
Is a Nonablative Fractionated Wavelength Laser Treatment Painful?
Sciton’s diode laser system offers patients the gentlest laser treatment available. Most of the patients who are receiving Moxi Laser treatments at the Buckingham Center find these treatments to be highly tolerable. For this reason, when it comes to less aggressive laser treatments, the use of a topical anesthetic cream is optional.
The providers at Buckingham Center consider the extent of each patient’s laser treatment and offer their patients a recommendation regarding whether their treatment requires topical anesthetic cream. The team of providers at the Buckingham Center want their patients to feel comfortable. Therefore, despite the extent of a patient’s laser treatment, he or she can decide to have topical anesthetic cream.
How Long Does a Moxi Treatment in Austin, Texas, Take?
Patients can decide to undergo their nonablative fractional wavelength laser treatment with or without the application of a topical anesthetic.
When a patient receives a Moxi treatment without anesthetic, the treatment time is shorter, lasting as few as 15 minutes. Even if a patient decides to receive a topical anesthetic, his or her nonablative fractional wavelength laser treatment session is typically complete within 30-60 minutes.
Since the time it takes to complete a nonablative fractional wavelength laser treatment is relatively short, many people refer to this revolutionary laser treatment as the perfect lunchtime facial.
What to Expect During a Treatment Session with the Moxi Laser
Patients who decide to forego the application of a topical anesthetic may experience several sensations. The sensations a patient experiences depends on the levels of energy the provider applies to the treatment area during his or her laser treatment session.
The majority of patients state that the sensations they experience during treatment with Sciton’s diode laser system are similar to those associated with prickly heat.
The Penetration Depth of the Nonablative Fractionated Wavelength Laser Depends on What the Patient Wants To Accomplish
At the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery, patients receive custom-designed Moxi Laser treatments.
Sciton’s diode laser system allows the provider to penetrate the skin at slightly different depths. The laser’s penetration depth depends on the amount of energy the provider uses during treatment. The amount of energy used during treatment ranges from 100 um to 200 um.
Type of Laser:
110 volts/20 amp
Laser Penetration Depth:
Laser penetration depths based on the reason a patient is receiving treatment:
For prejuvenation purposes and to refresh the patient’s skin:
5-10 megajoules (mJ)
A density of 5-10%
Patient receives 4 to 5 passes
To revitalize and maintain the skin:
A density of 10-15%
Patient receives 4 to 5 passes
To transform and renew the patient’s skin:
A density of 15-20%
Patient receives 6 to 8 passes
An Initial Consultation at the Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas
During the initial consultation, the provider asks the patient what he or she would like to accomplish with nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatments. After receiving this information, the provider examines the areas that the patient would like treated and will determine a good treatment plan.
A patient who is not considered a candidate for a diode laser system treatment may be a good candidate for another treatment or procedure, at which time the provider can discuss alternative options.
A Nonablative Fractionated Wavelength Laser Treatment Session at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas
Before treatment begins it is recommended to come with a clean dry face, and the provider will prep and clean the treatment area.
Patients receive goggles to protect their eyes from the light emitted from the laser.
While performing a nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatment, the providers at the Buckingham Center use a hand piece with a computerized, single-use tip. The tip has rollers, which allows it to glide smoothly across the treatment areas.
This one-time use, innovative hand piece tip offers patients greater safety and improved hygiene. In addition, this laser treatment tool allows Buckingham Center’s providers to monitor their hand speed while tracking the duration of a patient’s treatment session. By using this hand piece tip, providers can ensure they apply the laser evenly to provide the patient with optimal results.
Following treatment, the provider applies a topical serum, which helps soothe and protect the treatment areas.
Patients may notice that they have tiny dots in the treatment areas. These microdots are referred to as mends. They typically subside and will flake off within 3 to 7 days of treatment.
Patients can expect their skin to feel warm for about an hour to two after their laser treatment session. To help relieve this short-lived side effect sooner, patients can point the vents in their car toward their face and then turn the air conditioner on, and the providers at Buckingham Center will give the patients ice packs that can be applied immediately post-treatment.
Following a Moxi Laser treatment on the face, patients need to refrain from applying makeup and irritating skincare products to their skin for at least 24 hours.
Once 24 hours have passed, patients can apply products that do not contain retinol, glycolic, or salicylic acid, and exfoliating scrubs. At this point, patients can also use a gentle cleanser, moisturizer and sunscreen. Your provider at Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, may recommend a cleanser and moisturizer to use during this time.
It is important to protect the skin as it heals, which is why after the initial 24 hours, patients need to apply a moisturizing, broad-spectrum sunscreen every day. These products not only protect the skin, they promote healing and keep the skin well hydrated.
Following their laser treatment, patients must stay out of the sun for at least 48 hours.
As the top layer of skin in the treatment areas sloughs off, the skin begins to repair itself. At this stage of the healing process, patients can expect their skin to feel rougher than usual. This sandpaper-like texture lasts for about 5 to 7 days depending on treatment intensity.
About a week after their laser treatment, patients notice that the areas addressed look brighter and more radiant. To attain the best results possible, patients who have sun damage and dark spots usually need several laser treatment sessions.
Additional Treatment Sessions with a Nonablative Fractionated Wavelength Laser
Initially, most patients require three or four laser treatment sessions. Your provider will determine the length of time between each laser treatment session.
Maintaining the Initial Nonablative Fractional Wavelength Laser Treatment Results
To maintain their results, patients only need to return for follow-up treatment at the Buckingham Center once or twice a year.
How Many Moxi Laser Treatments Does a Patient Receive?
During the patient’s initial consultation, the provider determines how many treatments are necessary to provide the patient with the results he or she desires.
Moxi Lasers Can Even Help Maintain the Results Achieved With Other Lasers
A patient who previously had a more aggressive laser procedure may be able to maintain his or her results with a gentler nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatment.
Can Moxi Laser Treatments Be Combined With Other Facial Rejuvenation Procedures?
Yes, at the Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, our providers frequently perform multiple treatments during the same session.
Sciton’s diode laser system can be combined with:
A Broadband Light (BBL) Treatment
The BBL addresses:
- Active acne
- Sun damage
- Vascular lesions
- Rough skin
- Facial veins
- Age spots
- Unwanted hair
The HALO® Laser by Sciton
HALO is a hybrid fractional laser that combines nonablative and ablative wavelengths. By combining these wavelengths, providers can address a patient’s skin issues on multiple levels. At the Buckingham Center, our providers use HALO’s fractional resurfacing lasers to treat wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, rough skin, enlarged pores, acne scars and sun damage.
Botox® Cosmetic, Daxxify or Dysport® Injections
Botox Cosmetic, Daxxify and Dysport are neuromodulators. The Buckingham Center providers use Botox Cosmetic, Daxxify and Dysport to treat dynamic wrinkles.
A dynamic wrinkle occurs due to repeated muscle movements in a particular area. The frown lines that develop between the eyebrows are dynamic wrinkles. With neuromodulator injections, the providers can keep the muscles responsible for creating dynamic wrinkles from moving.
The wrinkles Botox Cosmetic, Daxxify and Dysport help to smooth include crow’s feet, horizontal forehead lines and the vertical lines that develop between the eyebrows. The lines between the eyebrows are frequently referred to as frown lines or the 11’s.
Dermal Filler Injections
With dermal filler injections, providers can add volume to the face. At the Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, our providers use dermal fillers to reduce the visibility of nasolabial folds, to address volume loss in the cheeks, temples and beneath the eyes.
Patients may need to have their nonablative fractionated laser treatment session separate from their dermal filler session.
The dermal fillers available at the Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, include:
- Restylane Silk
- Juvéderm Volbella
- Juvéderm Voluma XC
- Juvéderm Vollure XC
- RHA 2, 3 and 4
- RHA Redensity
Risks and Potential Complications Associated With a Moxi Laser Treatment
Fractional lasers can activate the virus responsible for oral herpes (i.e., cold sores). Therefore, patients who are prone to developing cold sores need to let their providers know before their laser treatment session. This allows the provider to order medication that will prevent activation of the virus.
While rare, the heat emitted from the laser may cause rebound post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
Although the nonablative fractionated laser is safe for use on all skin tones, individuals who have dark skin may require more laser treatments than someone with a lighter skin tone may. Additional treatments may be necessary because the provider needs to use a lower power setting to ensure the dark-skinned patient receives optimal results.
How to Prepare for a Nonablative Fractionated Wavelength Laser Treatment in Austin, Texas
For at least three weeks before their laser treatment session, at the Buckingham Center in Austin, Texas, patients need to refrain from using tanning creams, spending time in the sun and using tanning beds.
For at least a week before, and then two days after their laser treatment, patients must stop taking:
- Ginkgo Biloba
- Vitamin E
During this timeframe, patients must also refrain from drinking alcoholic beverages.
How Much Does a Moxi Laser Treatment in Austin, Texas, Cost?
At the Buckingham Center, patients receive customized laser treatment plans. Therefore, the only way to determine a patient’s nonablative fractionated wavelength laser treatment cost is with an initial consultation.
If you reside in the Austin, Texas, area, or you have plans to visit and would like to learn more about Moxi Laser treatments, contact the Buckingham Center today. To schedule an appointment, please call (512) 661-0747. The Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery is located at 6420 Bee Cave Road, Suite #100 in Austin, Texas.
- Acne Scarring
- BBL Ultra Peel
- Chest Rejuvenation
- Diamond Glow
- Halo™ Laser
- IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
- Injectables & Dermal Fillers
- Juvederm Vollure XC
- Juvederm Volbella
- Juvederm Voluma XC
- Laser Treatments
- Moxi Laser
- Nano Laser Peel
- Restylane Silk®
- Revance Aesthetics
- RF Microneedling
- Scar Repair
- Skin Care