I have acne scars on my cheeks and redness. I have had Thermage and 1 Fraxel treatment on my face with minimal results. Would I be a canidate for the Active FX treatments?
Active FX for Acne and Redness After Thermage and Fraxel?
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Active FX for acne scars
Active/ Deep FX can be a great treatment for acne scars. Many patients require more than one treatment, usually spaced every 6 - 9 months, so it is good to keep it in mind. You have to make sure the doctor you see for your scarring has all the available procedures in his or her arsenal, including old-fashioned dermabrasion which is sometimes better, and excision, subcision, fillers, etc. Most patients with acne scars benefit most from combination therapy.
Active FX is usually not a good option for redness, and we usually use IPL which works for it much better.
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Fractional CO2 laser for the treatment of acne scars - Melarase creams
Acne and redness
I think that TotalFX will be better for your acne concerns. The redness of your face could be improved better by IPL or another vascular laser.
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