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4 Doctor Answers | Asked by Nana in CMP in Bryn Mawr, PA
At South Beach Dermatology, we use the Active FX to improve wrinkles and sun damage on the face, neck, and chest. Active FX is a fractionated CO2 laser that creates microthermal zones of damage while sparing surrounding skin. Limiting damage to controlled zones allows for faster healing time and less risks of pigment changes and scarring than the old, non-fractionated CO2 lasers. While collagen stimulation does result in some tighening, radiofrequency devices, such as Exilis and Thermage are...
Active Fx does involve some discomfort however we take measures to alleviate some of the pain with the use of a topical numbing cream and oral pain medications and sedatives. The improvement of "under chin skin drooping" would most likely be minimal with Active FX as the neck area can not be treated as aggressively with Active FX as the face. An alternatvie to Active FX for under chin skin droopiness would either be a surgical lift or possibly Ulthera...
It is true that laser skin resurfacing can be quite uncomfortable. To make the experience easier we routinely administer a strong topical anesthetic as well as oral sedation (pills such as percocet to reduce the sensation of pain and valium to ease anxiety). In addition, we use a steady stream of cold air to chill the skin during treatment. With this combination approach, discomfort is not a significant problem. Pain after the procedure is minimal and generally controlled...
A topical anesthetic is applied to the treatment area, making it well tolerated. For effective tightening "under chin drroping" I find the combination of Deep FX and ActiveFX (performed in the same setting) best.