ActiveFX™ Laser Skin Resurfacing
ActiveFX™ is a fractional carbon dioxide laser treatment that represents one of the latest and most promising advances in dermatology for the elimination of signs of aging. During the procedure, a fractional laser gently removes the top layer of the skin, revealing the fresh, healthy layer underneath and thereby reducing the appearance of brown age spots, wrinkles, fine lines, acne scars, and other damage or discoloration. After a treatment session, skin looks smooth, supple, and healthy. ActiveFX™ is popular among patients who lead a busy lifestyle and are looking for a laser skin resurfacing procedure that results in minimal downtime.
The ActiveFX™ Procedure
The ActiveFX™ treatment is performed as an outpatient procedure. Many practices offer patients an oral medication to make them more comfortable during treatment. The physician begins the procedure by applying a topical numbing cream over the area to be treated. About half an hour later, the surgeon directs a high-energy laser beam directly onto the surface of the skin. The laser interacts with the layers of the skin, correcting discolorations, filling in creases, and lightening or removing other cosmetic imperfections. The laser also stimulates the production of collagen over time, which causes the skin to tighten. The ActiveFX™ fractional laser treats only a portion of the skin at a time; this enables the area to heal faster and with fewer complications. The damaged skin is replaced with new skin in a couple of days.
After the Procedure
During recovery, patients experience little discomfort, and downtime is minimal. Skin will feel slightly dry and look pink, but within a week, the top, damaged layers of skin will flake off and skin will return to its normal color. The physician will outline a cleansing, moisturizing, and sun-protection routine to use at home and advise patients about the use of makeup and other skin care products after the procedure.
Candidates for ActiveFX™
ActiveFX™ is an appropriate solution for individuals with noticeable signs of aging, including wrinkles, creases, loose skin, areas of dark pigmentation, or acne scars. Candidates can opt to focus on one or a few targeted areas (like around the mouth or eyes) or the entire face, and the physician can make recommendations based on the particular case. It's important for candidates to go into their first consultation with realistic expectations of the treatment and the results it can produce.
Cost of ActiveFX™
The cost of ActiveFX™ laser skin therapy varies with the size and severity of the area that needs to be treated. Expect to pay between $1,200 and $3000 for ActiveFX™ treatment on the face; if you elect to have the neck and chest treated, the price can increase.
The Benefits of ActiveFX™
Many patients consider ActiveFX™ or other laser skin resurfacing options such as Fraxel® because they offer dramatic results with relatively little downtime. Busy individuals who don't want to take a lot of time away from their work or family life can schedule their treatment for a Friday and be back at work on Monday. The procedure is usually performed in about 30 minutes, so patients don't have to spend the entire day in their physician's office. Also, anesthesia is rarely necessary.
Some of the results with ActiveFX™ are visible immediately; others develop over the following few months. The laser stimulates the production of collagen, which continues to build under the skin's surface, tightening and smoothing it for lasting results.
Have Questions about ActiveFX™?
If you'd like more information about Active FX™, it's best to ask a medical professional for details. A qualified skin care specialist can set up a consultation to discuss your particular case and dermatological needs. Use DocShop's comprehensive directory of doctors to find a dermatology expert in your area.