Effective skin rejuvenation involves reduction of lines and wrinkles, elimination of dark pigmentation caused by sun damage, pore shrinking and smoothing of acne scars. These are difficult goals to achieve. A variety of methods are available that attempt to improve any of these facets of skin aging, and some work fairly well. The Fraxel laser reduces acne scarring and shrinks pores very well and chemical peels like the
Vi peel reduce the hyperpigmentation of both sun damage and melasma. There is now a new laser, however, that achieves all of the goals of skin resurfacing in one treatment.
The Active Fx is a new, less invasive version of the CO2 resurfacing laser. As a CO2 laser, the Active Fx uses the same technology that is considered the gold standard for reducing wrinkles, lines and pigmentation. The critical difference is that the Active Fx is a fractionated laser, like the Fraxel. Fractionation is a technique developed by R. Rox Anderson, M.D. that makes dermal lasers less destructive while preserving their effectiveness. Instead of emitting a solid beam of energy that destroys a large area of skin tissue, the Active Fx puts out tiny beams that leave the tissue around the injury intact. This promotes faster healing and results in an easier recovery period. The results, however, are really fantastic.
In one 30 minute treatment, the Active Fx laser improves lines under the eyes and around the lips better than any other laser on the market today. Even multiple Fraxel laser treatments are unable to deliver good results in those areas. During the same treatment, Active Fx wil shrink pores, reduce pigmentation and eliminate lines throughout the rest of the face. After three to five days of mild swelling and about a week of sunburn-like redness, the skin is dramatically improved. The treatment also stimulates collagen growth so improvements continue for several months after the procedure. The treatment can be repeated after 6 months, but most people are satisfied with the results of their first procedure.
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Pain or discomfort are minimal – less than the Fraxel. We find that topical numbing cream before and cold air during the procedure are almost always enough to make the procedure painless. If necessary, we do have oral medication for pain and anxiety control available.
The benefits of Active Fx last for several years. As the aging process continues, many people find that they would benefit from a repeat treatment about 4 years or so after the original procedure.
Side effects are few and rare. Because the Active Fx is fractionated, we do not see the kinds of side effects that we see from ablative CO2 laser. We do not get the waxy cast to the skin or the pigmentation changes that are sometimes such an unfortunate adverse effect of the more invasive laser treatment.
To learn more about Dr. Rivkin’s Active Fx laser skin treatment or to schedule a free consultation in the Los Angeles area,contact us by phone or email today.