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 procedurethat results in minimal downtime.
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
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