Effective skin rejuvenation involves reducing lines and wrinkles, eliminating dark pigmentation caused by sun damage, minimizing the appearance of pores and smoothing acne scars. Depending on the extent of the damage and for those who have not taken preventative measures for anti-aging and sun protection, these may be difficult goals to achieve.
A variety of effective methods are available that improve these facets of skin aging. For instance, the Fraxel laser improves mild acne scarring, reduces brown spots and shrinks pores. The down time is modest at three or four days, but it takes several sessions to get optimal results.
Chemical peels, such as the Vi peel or Cosmelan, reduce the hyperpigmentation of both sun damage and melisma, but these cannot do much to improve the contour of the skin. Pores, fine lines and acne scars show only mild improvement. The Active FX CO2 laser achieves all of the goals of skin resurfacing–both color and texture–usually in one treatment.
The Active Fx is a newer, less invasive version of the traditional 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 still outstanding.
By carefully choosing the volume of skin left untreated, practitioners tailor treatments to the indication and patient’s tolerance of downtime. The Active FX gives Dr. Rivkin and his staff the flexibility to leave 95% to 0% of tissue intact. Superior resurfacing treatments balance spot size and treatment depth.
As the spot size is reduced, depth can be increased without increasing downtime. Each pulse ablates a column of tissue, eliminating discolorations at the surface and causing volumetric skin reduction. As ablation occurs, deep heating stimulates immediate collagen contraction and long-term collagen remodeling.