30 to 40 minutes before the treatment a topical anesthetic cream will be applied, and then the laser resurfacing will begin. A minor warmth is felt on the face while the procedure is underway, but little to no pain is felt. The high energy beam of light causes the top layer of skin to peel off and reveal a layer of new, healthy skin. This advanced laser system leaves small bridges of untreated skin, making healing much faster than other skin laser treatments. The resurfacing takes anywhere from 30 minutes to 1.5 hours depending on the treatment area size and location, meaning it is possible to do over a lunch break. After the treatment, your face will have some redness with minor swelling, but discomfort will subside after a day or two. There is zero downtime associated with the procedure, though some pain may persist five to seven days following the treatment.
ActiveFX laser resurfacing is a long-term solution to aging skin, and these results will last even longer when sun protection and lifestyle changes (i.e. not smoking) are implemented. Because of the long-term collagen producing effects of the laser, the skin will continue to improve up to 5 months after the procedure has been completed.
Whether you are suffering from pesky acne scars left over from adolescence, dealing with discoloration from sun damage, or trying to win the ongoing battle with aging, laser resurfacing may be just what the doctor ordered. If you are interested in learning more about the ActiveFX treatment, please contact our office, and we will be happy to answer your questions.