Dr. Alexander Rivkin
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Active Fx CO2 Laser Resurfacing Treatment in LA

  • Regimen may vary 1-2 days depending on intensity of treatment

First Night: Sleep on your back with head slightly elevated. Place towel on pillow due to occlusive ointment. May use should use Systane or other over the counter lubricating eye drops to your eyes as a lubricant if you are experiencing irritation. Try to avoid environmental irritants during the healing process (i.e. dust, dirt, sun, hairspray). Continue using Sinnech, Valtrex and Keflex as directed. Take dose of Diflucan (Deep FX patients only) as directed. Ibuprofen (400 to 600mg every 4 hours) is OK to take after Active FX, but you should limit yourself to Tylenol (1g every 4 hours) if Deep FX was performed to avoid bruising. May use vinegar soaks for discomfort on days 1-7.*

Day (First day after treatment): Try to stay indoors as much as possible and avoid direct sunlight. Wash your face 2-4 times per day with the gentle cleanser that we provide and tepid water. Reapply occlusive ointment after washing or whenever needed. Avoid alcohol. Stay hydrated and eat healthy. Avoid vigorous exercise until your face is healed. Continue Sinnech, Valtrex and Keflex. An oral antihistamine such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl 50mg every 8 hrs) may help you sleep and help reduce swelling.

Day 2: Continue washing 2-4 times per day. Reapply occlusive ointment as necessary. Itching may begin today. Avoid picking or scratching the treated areas. Reapply occlusive ointment as necessary. Continue Sinecch, Keflex, Valtrex, Benadryl. Tylenol / Advil

Day 3: Continue washing 2-4 times per day. Reapply occlusive ointment as necessary. Itching may persist. Central aspect of the face will begin to exfoliate today leaving behind soft pink tissue. Continue Sinecch, Keflex, Valtrex, Benadryl, Tylenol / Advil.

Day 4-7: Itching and peeling has usually subsided. Most patients may be able to apply mineral make-up to treated area. Patient may transition to the Elite Fortified Moisturizer (included in the kit) or to a non-occlusive moisturizer such as Eucerin or Cerave. Start using the Elite SPF 30 (included in the kit).

Day 7+: May start regular skin care program as long as treated area has healed. May fully return to exercise program. Continue sunscreen and mineral make-up to protect treated areas. AVOID exposure to excessive sun for 4 weeks. Hat or clothing must be used to protect the treated area. Follow-up pictures in clinic.

Two Months: Follow-up pictures in clinic with a complimentary microdermabrasion and an IPL Photofacial (at 50% discount) is also recommended at this time.

Please call us at Westside Aesthetics (310) 443-5273 with any concerns.

Thank you.

* Vinegar soak: cleanse skin, pour a dash of white vinegar on a cloth, lay over treated are for 2-5 minutes. Repeat if necessary. Reapply occlusive dressing.

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.


11645 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 800, Los Angeles, CA 90025  |  (310) 443-5273

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