Laser Resurfacing FAQs & Treatment Options

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Benefits of Laser Skin Resurfacing with ActiveFX

Are you looking to achieve dramatic changes to your facial skin without the need to undergo painful chemical peels and dermabrasion? If you are, fractional laser resurfacing might be the procedure you need. This process rejuvenates your skin using specialized laser technology with minimal recovery time involved. It can reduce the appearance of a number of dermal problems, essentially restoring the natural beauty of your skin. Here is a look at what you need to know about Laser Skin Resurfacing with ActiveFX™ before you begin.

What is Fractional Laser Resurfacing?

ActiveFX™ is a powerful fractional cosmetic laser that is highly successful in treating skin damage caused by exposure to environmental issues as well as the natural course of aging. This process stimulates new skin growth, enhancing elasticity as well as firmness, two essential components of younger looking skin. Through its ability to promote collagen production, ActiveFX™ produces tighter, more supple skin that looks plumper and firmer than before the procedure.

In preparation for the procedure, the treatment area is numbed using a topical agent. Once the area is fully numbed, the doctor directs a high-energy laser onto the skin’s surface in an effort to lighten or eliminate discoloration, minimize creases, and improve other areas of imperfection. 

Performed as an outpatient procedure, fractional laser resurfacing targets skin irregularities such as wrinkles, acne scarring, and discoloration. More specifically, it is a specialized treatment designed to improve the appearance of the skin by removing upper layers of tissue while leaving lower levels untouched. These areas of untreated skin assist in keeping pain to a minimum while also encouraging healing of the treated area that results in healthier looking skin.

How Does it Help with Skin Rejuvenation for Signs of Aging?

Fractional laser treatment uses high-energy beams of light or lasers to perform the task of removing the uppermost portion of the skin in order to soften fine lines, including minor creases and smoker’s lines, tighten eyelid skin, reduce the appearance of scarred tissue, fade discoloration, even skin tone, and smooth the individual’s overall facial appearance. The layer of skin removed during this process is extremely thin, and its removal allows a healthier layer of dermis to emerge.

At the same time, this procedure stimulates the production of collagen, a substance that rejuvenates the skin’s natural ability to retain its plump, supple nature. 

What Can ActiveFX Laser be Used for?

ActiveFX™ laser is used to dramatically enhance the appearance of the skin on the face, chest, and neck by treating various skin concerns ranging from the tiniest of fine lines to the largest patch of skin discoloration. Over the years, this particular type of fractional technology has become successful in treating each of the following problematic issues in varying degrees of success:

  • Acne scars laser-skin-resurfacing-san-diego
  • Fine lines
  • Wrinkles
  • Large pores
  • Age spots 
  • Skin sagging and laxity issues
  • Skin texture problems
  • Skin discoloration and pigmentation issues
  • Sun damage
  • Collagen production issues
  • Hooded eyes
  • Dull skin issues

Skin Resurfacing for Wrinkles and Fine Lines

Due to its ability to stimulate collagen production, ActiveFX™ laser is highly successful in reducing the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles. Since fractional laser treatment tightens the skin through the use of laser beams that target specific areas only, it is sophisticated enough to treat wrinkles and fine lines while allowing other areas of the face to remain untouched. When deep wrinkles are involved, the immediate results might not produce perfectly smooth skin.

However, since tightening of the skin continues even after treatment has taken place, the appearance of wrinkles continues to be diminished, gradually enhancing the results for many months. Go here to learn more about laser resurfacing treatments in San Diego and also check out our monthly specials, we may have something there for you!

Skin Resurfacing for Skin Pigmentation Issues – Rosacea and Sun Damage

Exposure to the sun often leads to various types of skin damage, including slightly reddened skin, severe sunburn, dryness, blistering, wrinkles, discoloration, pre-cancerous spots, and skin cancer. Eventually, the skin loses its natural elasticity and begins to sag in addition to developing the aforementioned problems. 

Laser skin resurfacing with ActiveFX™ has become one of the go-to methods for the reversal of sun damage, including skin cancer, pre-cancerous spots, redness, wrinkles, and texture problems. This process removes the uppermost portions of the skin, which have been damaged by the sun and restores firmness to the skin by stimulating the skin’s natural ability to produce collagen, enhancing its formation to the point that healthier skin emerges to replace sun-damaged layers.

By eliminating sun-damage skin, laser skin resurfacing minimizes the discoloration that exists while allowing fresher skin to appear.

Skin Resurfacing for Reducing Signs of Age Spots

While they aren’t harmful, age spots, which are also referred to by a number of other names, including liver spots and sun spots, are often unpleasant to look at, particularly since they remind patients that they are getting older. Laser skin resurfacing with ActiveFX™ is often used to reduce the appearance of age spots on the face, neck, arms, hands, chest, and back, lightening them until they are barely noticeable.

Using fractional laser treatments to reduce the dark coloring of age spots is accomplished by removing the outer layer of skin that has become darker and duller than surrounding areas. Once the discoloration is eliminated, the skin’s appearance becomes more uniform in shading and plumpness.

Skin Resurfacing for Acne Scars

When scarring occurs within the skin, it is this dermal component that enables ActiveFX™ to minimize its appearance. Laser skin resurfacing with ActiveFX™ is most successful with shallow scars of minimal to moderate severity. Scars of a more severe nature may require additional treatment that reaches deeper into the dermis to produce a higher level of success. During this procedure, a thin layer of skin is removed to eliminate the scar tissue while also revealing healthier skin beneath it. The skin heals itself, replacing old damaged tissue with new skin cell growth.

Is Laser Skin Resurfacing with ActiveFX Used in Combination with Other Procedures?

When necessary, laser skin resurfacing with ActiveFX™ is combined with additional procedures with the intended goal of producing the desired results more successfully. In these instances, laser skin resurfacing takes place first. Once the patient has fully healed, the results are carefully evaluated to determine the need for additional work.

If necessary, the doctor performs a noninvasive cosmetic procedure designed to satisfy the patient’s needs. In particular, microneedling or a dermal filler might be used to assist in restoring the skin’s volume in targeted areas such as the lips or cheeks, where plumpness no longer exists. 

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How Many Sessions Does it Take to See a Difference?

For most patients, only a single ActiveFX™ laser skin resurfacing treatment is needed to see beneficial results. The exact number of required treatments is determined by the intended outcome of the treatment, particularly if the patient opts to treat several problems during different sessions rather than in a single appointment.

An initial consultation is required to assess the patient’s desire for treatment.  While patients can request to treat the entire face, many of them choose to focus on one issue at a time, such as creases around the eyes or mouth, acne scars, or skin discoloration.

What Can You Expect after Your ActiveFX Laser Resurfacing Treatment?

In general, minimal discomfort occurs, and recovery time is relatively short. Initially, your skin might become pinker in color and/or feel dry to the touch. As the damaged layers slough off and new skin is revealed, normal coloring and moisture return to the skin. Since only a small section of skin is treated, healing occurs quickly and complications are rare. Within a few days, new layers of skin replace damaged ones. 

7 Day Healing

During the healing process patients need to complete a skin-care routine designed specifically for this type of procedure. It involves daily cleansing and moisturizing, as well as establishing a sun-protection regimen to prevent the delicacy of the treatment area. Your doctor will provide clear instructions for you to follow to avoid complications and to encourage proper healing. Long-term skin-care strategies are highly recommended to prevent unnecessary damage caused by the sun or other environmental factors. 

laser-skin-resurfacing-hillcrestTreatment Results, Expectations, and Downtime

Prior to the procedure, your doctor will discuss realistic expectations, giving you insight into what you can expect during the laser treatment, during the recovery process, and after your skin has fully healed. The entire process often takes place in less than an hour, depending on the number of areas being treated.

However, patients must arrive about an hour prior to their scheduled time in order to allow the numbing cream to work. Anesthesia isn’t usually needed, particularly because the numbing cream reduces the risk of the patient feeling anything at all during the procedure. In general, the full healing time is expected to take one to two weeks, but most patients are up and about before that much time has passed. 

It is important to realize that the visibility of results also varies, depending on the procedure, the patient’s ability to heal, and the extend of the problem. In some cases, the results are immediately visible, albeit on a minor scale. Once healing takes place, the results become even more apparent. 

However, skin issues requiring the stimulation of collagen may take several months to produce results because the collagen must first build up beneath the skin’s surface before any improvements in the skin’s condition become noticeable. Once the collagen builds up and begins to rejuvenate the skin’s supple nature, the skin becomes tighter and smoother, diminishing the appearance of wrinkles and saggy skin.

With proper care, the results of your laser skin resurfacing can last for many years. The procedure is designed to deliver long-term benefits, particularly because it stimulates the production of collagen on an ongoing basis and not just immediately after the procedure. In fact, the continual formation of new collagen promotes ongoing tightening of the skin, a process that promotes younger, healthier looking skin.

As a result, some patients will notice that their skin looks even better several months after having undergone the procedure, as long as they have practiced good skin care strategies and limited their exposure to the sun’s rays. 

While most patients can return to work within the next week, downtime varies in much the same way as the level of pain. Some patients are ready to go back to work the next day, while others prefer to take several days off to relax and regroup. Your skin is going to be red and sore. Scabs are going to develop and itch. While you might feel physically fit and ready to go out, one look in the mirror might just make you rethink your plans for the first couple of weeks.

Does the Treatment Hurt?

Whether or not the treatment hurts depends on several factors, including your tolerance for pain, the number of areas you are having treated, and the depth to which the laser needs to reach. The doctor prescribes a local anesthetic injection for most cases, but for patients whose tolerance to pain is low or who are undergoing extensive laser resurfacing, an intravenous sedation might be required.

For most patients undergoing the ActiveFX™ procedure, minimal pain is experienced due to the application of the topical cream. Afterward, the patient may experience low to moderate pain for several hours to multiple days. 

On a scale of one to ten, many patients experience pain at a level of three to five on a scale of one to ten. For most of these patients, the pain dissipates in as little as three to five days and can be managed easily with over-the-counter medication. As each day passes, the pain experienced by the patient diminishes. 

For some patients, the discomfort of having undergone the procedure only lasts a couple of days. Larger treatment areas might take longer to heal, and the discomfort might last a few extra days. For some patients, the pain is similar to that experienced with varying degrees of sunburn.