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Let me add a couple more points. The Fraxel re:pair has microscopic zones that penetrate thru the skin - 1/10th the size of a human hair. The Active Fx uses a much larger spot size. The Active Fx doesn't get nearly as deep as the Fraxel re:pair. The Deep Fx is closer to the Fraxel re:pair, getting about 1mm in depth, but the re:pair gets 1.6mm. All 3 lasers - Active Fx, Deep Fx, and Fraxel re:pair are CO2 lasers and CO2 will be the best for scars, wrinkles, tightening and usually...
Active FX is a fractional CO2 laser. Active FX penetrates to a maximum of about 300 um or 0.3 mm. It is a superficial treatment that treats pigment and fine to moderate wrinkles with minimal tightening of the skin. Active FX can accomplish its effects in one or more treatments. The downtime is 4-5 days of swelling and redness. Fraxel has two different lasers: 1. Fraxel re:store (and re:fine), which are non-ablative fractional Erbium lasers. They treat pigment and fine to moderate wrinkles...
The FX system has a higher power source allowing for the energy to be delivered in shorter bursts. This creates less thermal heating and permits greater energy delivery in shorter durations and thus less discomfort. Both systems can lead to good results if performed appropriately, but for my patients who have experienced both, mose seem to prefer the FX for comfort and results.
In a study, one ActiveFX was proven to give better results in skin texture, repairing discoloration and overall appearance than 5 treatments with Fraxel. I hope my answer was helpful.
In my opinion, the difference between Active FX, Fraxel Repair, Mixto etc is subtle. It is more important to recognize that the technology, Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing is the new gold standard for rejuvenation, acne scar revision and reversal of sun damage. It is equally critical for you to choose an experienced board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon who has a team of aesthetic professionals who can personalize pre-op and post-op skin care routine specific to your skin type...
The distinction between the Active FX and the fractional CO2 laser is nominal, and each laser has advantages depending on the treatment to be performed. The more important aspect is to choose an experienced and expert practitioner who understands when to choose a specific treatment and when you may need to combine modalities.