The Active FX CO2 ablative laser skin resurfacing treatment is one of the deepest penetrating lasers available in aesthetic medicine. The laser penetrates to the below the dermis of the skin, allowing the natural healing abilities of the body to stimulate collagen and elastin. This process improves the tone, texture and tightness of the skin, by smoothing acne scars, removing sun damage, shrinking pores, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while improving the overall tightness of the skin. While this laser is the most invasive laser skin resurfacing treatment, this also provides the most comprehensive and drastic results.
The Active FX, CO2 ablative laser is the deepest, most effective laser at Derma Health. The laser penetrates into the deepest layer of the skin (dermis) and destroys old and damaged cells, while allowing the natural healing processes of the body to rebuild collagen. The result? Naturally healthy and luminous skin. This treatment removes about ten years of damage and age from your skin!
At Derma Health, we take every measure possible to ensure a comfortable experience for our patients. Prior to treatment we numb the area well with a topical cream. We may prescribe pain medication and anti-anxiety meds, as well as use injectable pain blockers. Post treatment, this is little to no pain, but the treated areas may be sensitive and swollen. Patients report the worst part of recovery is itching, however we provide post care treatment care for that as well.
Depending on the number of areas treated, the actual procedure may take anywhere from 1-2 hours. Patients are asked to come at least 1 hour before the treatment in order to to apply numbing cream.
Since your body's natural collagen remodeling process take time, the results of the Active FX laser perpetually increase over time, with the best results being seen six months after the treatment. The results last for years and are permanent. Re-damaging the skin is of course possible, but the results from the treatment are long lasting.
Immediately following the treatment, you will may be groggy depending on how you respond to your anti-anxiety medication. The next day, you will be able to wash your face and return to semi-normal activities. There is no pain post treatment, but you will likely prefer to stay away from social engagements for up to five days as you heal. Expect itching and peeling as you heal.
Like ActiveFX, Featherlight Ultra Laser Skin Resurfacing uses the same CO2 technology to penetrate the skin and stimulate new collagen growth. Both are effective ablative procedures that create tiny microwounds below the surface, stimulating your body's natural healing response, which results in new collagen formation.
Since Featherlite doesn't penetrate the skin quite as deeply as ActiveFX, it requires less social down time - typically ony 5-7 days. Featherlite is perfect for those who are just starting to notice the effects of aging on the face, neck and chest. This treatment softens fine lines and wrinkles, evens out skin tone and texture and tightens the skin. It can also be effective in treating shallow scars from acne. Depending on the condition of your skin, you may need up to 3 treatments.
*Individual results may vary. Photos are intended to give an example of one patient’s results.