Active FX is a laser treatment method that is effective at treating skin conditions like lines, wrinkles and age spots. It combines the best features of ablative laser types with the best of non-ablative lasers to bring about skin rejuvenation that works but does not cause significant down time.
Active FX uses fractional laser technology. Fractional lasers use microscopically sized beams to penetrate the skin. The damaged tissue is then hit by the laser and begins to repair, while the normal tissue is left untouched. When this method is used, there is a quicker healing process because new tissues join with existing ones. The result is a layer of skin that is smoother and firmer.
As the laser energy reaches the lower layers of the skin, it stimulates the body to produce additional collagen, giving the skin a level of fullness closer to what it was during the years of youth. Collagen is a protein in the skin that gives it fullness. It is naturally produced in the skin’s lower layers, but the level of production decreases with age. This is what leads to the development of lines and wrinkles. It also causes the skin to sag. It stands to reason then that by increasing the level of collagen the appearance will return to what it was before the collagen level dropped.
A few days after the treatment is delivered, the age spots will begin to flake off. What remains is skin with its normal pigment. Melanin is the substance in the skin that makes the pigment. Age spots are places in which the melanin level is elevated. This is caused by too much exposure to the harmful UV rays of the sun over the years. The skin produces melanin after exposure to the sun as a way of protecting itself against the UV rays. This is what produces the tan. When this process is repeated throughout the years, the melanin level will not remain consistent throughout the skin. Instead, it will concentrate in places and leave age spots. Active FX laser treatments help to disperse the concentrated melanin. The ablative properties of the treatment also help to make the outer layer of the skin flake off, to be replaced by healthier skin cells.
If you are looking for a treatment method that is versatile, you should ask our healthcare team about Active FX treatments. The fullness of the skin will continue to improve for months after treatment. Improvements in the skin’s texture and tone will be noticeable after a week or so. For more information, you can call us today at Grossman Dermatology at one of our two offices in Santa Monica and New York. If you are seeking help to get rid of fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots, contact us today and we would be happy to help you.