I tell my patients it will take them one to two weeks to heal after the ActiveFX procedure. It depends on several factors:
1. Settings of the laser. The more aggressive the treatment, the longer the recovery
2. Patient factors. Some patients heal really fast, and some will take much longer with similar settings.
3. Male vs. female patient. While it might take about the same amount of time, it is usually much easier for women to cover up residual redness and go on with their life. Men usually don't wear make-up, so this is something I discuss with them in details. They have to be prepared for the downtime, especially if they are busy executives, customer service specialists, etc., and are in the eyes of the public. For them I recommend at least two weeks before they can be back at work, dealing with customers, clients, and colleagues.
4. Proper post- surgical skincare is very important. Your doctor will instruct you on the proper regimen.