Q: Is there a treatment to achieve a long term reduction in signs of aging like wrinkles, lines and creases?

Two treatments come to mind immediately – Active FX™ and Deep FX™. Both of these laser therapy treatments eliminate moderate to deep lines and creases due to factors including aging, sun damage and acne scars. CO2 laser resurfacing allows for dramatic, long-lasting results with only minimal downtime. Downtime prior to these innovative treatments was an average of six weeks.

In comparison, patients only need about 3-7 days of recovery time following an Active FX™ treatment or Deep FX™ procedure depending on several factors including the intensity of the settings used. Both treatments focus on the three T’s: tone, texture and tightening. Results typically last for years.

Active FX™ involves applying a high-energy beam of laser light that interacts with the skin’s surface, causing the upper layer to gently peel off and regenerating a layer of new, healthy skin.

Active FX™ is becoming a popular treatment for patients because benefits persist after long term follow-up; patients see superior results in the reduction of deep wrinkles; different settings in laser intensity allow for treating milder indications and shorter downtime; and darker skin tones can be treated safely and effectively on the correct settings.

Deep FX™ is similar to Active FX™, but produces even more dramatic results by penetrating deeper into the skin to correct more prominent wrinkles and scars. It is necessary to access the deep layers of the skin to reduce fine lines, deep wrinkles, and texture irregularities because the causes of these signs of aging develop within the deepest layers of the dermis.

Benefits of Deep FX™ treatments include a dramatic improvement in wrinkles, scars, folds, skin tone and texture. The procedure also stimulates new collagen formation and plumps the skin.

TotalFX™ is a fractional treatment that optimizes the results of Active FX™ and DeepFX™ by combining the two procedures. ActiveFX™ treats the upper layer of skin via a large laser  beam to remove unwanted pigmentation, promote new skin regeneration and improve fine lines and texture. DeepFX™ completes the “total effect” by using a narrow laser microbeam to distrub columns of tissue located in the deep layers of the dermis. The body then heals the channel, stimulating immediate new collagen growth which serves to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars and fine lines.

TotalFX is administered in two steps. The DeepFX™ treatment is applied first, followed by ActiveFX™. Total treatment time lasts about 30 minutes, though it can vary depending on the area being treated.

During the procedure, patients often feel a warm sensation as the laser is applied. Immediately following treatment, the skin will be warm, and will appear to be sunburned. 
As the skin heals, patients will begin to notice an improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation, tone and texture. In most cases, they will continue to see improvement for up to six months following the procedures.

To get your total effect contact Chicago cosmetic surgeon Dr. Steven Dayan of SDMD.

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