Waste of Money (Hyper-pigmentation, Large Pores, Acne Scars, Crows Feet & Smoker's Lines)

I am a 39 year old smoker who has spent much of...

I am a 39 year old smoker who has spent much of her life baking at the beach and since pregnancy has been plagued by acne. As such, I have hyper-pigmentation, large pores, acne scars, crows feet & smoker's lines around my mouth.

I had the procedure (full face) 4 days ago and today is the first day I have looked in the mirror. I have already noticed that my crows feet are greatly diminished. The fine lines under my eyes are less noticeable even when I smile and not only are the lines around my mouth virtually gone, but my lips seem more defined. As far as the overall texture and evenness of my skin I am still pretty red with browner areas where my hyper-pigmentation & sun damage was more severe. I will give an update as my healing progresses.

My doctor, whom I trust implicitly, is not a salesman so he was honest about what to expect...for example that my deeper lines, small chemical burn scar and chicken pox scars might take as much as 6 months to disappear and may not entirely. So if you are expecting overnight results and/or absolute perfection you must learn to be patient and realistic.

As far as the actual procedure, I started Valtrex (for cold sores and blistering) & an antibiotic the day before and will take them for 10 days following. I arrived an hour early for my appointment so that numbing cream could be applied to my face. After 45 minutes the doctor injected local anesthetic around my eyes, hairline and jawline as well as 4 injections in my mouth to deaden the area. This was the worst part of the procedure. After another 15 minutes he put numbing drops in my eyes (which were so cold I yelped!!) and placed the special contacts in my eyes. The laser itself was pretty much pain free, but I did feel a little bit of the *zap* near my ears and on the tip of my nose. My nose is very sensitive and even simple extractions hurt there so do not be alarmed that the same will happen to you. The entire procedure took 15-20 minutes.

Afterward, the nurse applied a cooling gel & Aquaphor to moisten my skin. A girlfriend who had the procedure last month warned me she was in pain when her anesthetic wore off. My anesthetic wore off after about 5 hours, but I didn't even have to take a single Tylenol. I simply went to bed with a fan on my face and was fine. I did however need a ride home because my eyes were fuzzy from the numbing drops.

Last night the itching started and it felt like little ants marching around my hairline and down my nose. It is nothing I cannot bear though.The aftercare takes about a 1/2 hour or so 3-4 times a day...special cleanser, witchhazel compresses for 20 minutes and reapplication of the Aquaphor. Keeping the area moist is essential during recovery. With each day my redness and swelling lessens, but I scared a small child in traffic yesterday so I am keeping to the house for the weekend...LOL.

Good Luck with your decision and I will update my progress soon.


The Aquafor is to keep your face moist...you can not let it get dry. I used it for 5 days and then my doctor put me on a nutrient cream which I am still using. It has been 17 days since my procedure and my face looks clearer every day. the first week though is the worst as far as how you look. Your swelling should have gone away by now, If you are still red and brown in spots this is normal. By day 5 I was still a little pink and there was some brown flaky skin around my hairline & chin. This is normal. Your itching if you have any should go away by day 7. Do Not scratch and be very gentle in your cleansing. What type of at-home care did your dr. prescribe?
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I had DOT a few days ago. Can you update me on your progress? What did you put on your face after Aquaphor? And how long did you use Aquaphor? I found this site after I got my treatment. I wish I had found it before. I would have been better prepared.
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 DO NOT HAVE THIS PROCEDURE DONE!!!! THE RESULTS ARE VERY TEMPORARY AND A COMPLETE WASTE OF MONEY!!! At first I wrote a positive review of the Active fx laser because once the top layer of my skin was removed fresh skin appeared and my expectation was that I would achieve a fresher look with diminished lines around my mouth and eyes. I also expected my hyper-pigmentation to fade as well. I was not expecting miracles, just a fresher look with a more evened skin tone. However, it has now been 5 months since I had this procedure done and I see no difference in my skin at all. I took my own 'before' pictures so that I could judge the results myself instead of only relying on the ones taken by my doctor. THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE IN MY SKIN TONE OR TEXTURE!!!! Furthermore, I have had sporadic breakouts since having this procedure which has consisted of both cystic acne & white heads the latter of which will not go away. A member of my doctor's staff tried to convince me it was from the Aquafor I was told to use following the procedure, but that was 5 months ago and I am still suffering. I also have small, what look to be like pustules under my eyes. These were not present before. All in all I am HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED and will be writing to Active fx demanding a full refund of my money. If there are any women who feel the same as myself and would like to start a class-action suit against Active fx I would be more than happy to support and participate in one!!! Again, DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!!


Yes, spread the word about the ineffectiveness and dangers of Total FX. I'm sure the company and the offices are making tons of money off laser procedures. Total waste of money!
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At first I was very happy with my results. Now, 5 months after treatment, I consider it money down the toilet. Early results are positive because when you think about it the surface of your face has been been removed revealing fresh skin. Once that heels, whatever problems you may have had will reappear. For instance, I have hyper-pigmentation which after initial treatment seemed to fade. I have since taken care of my skin and never leave the house without sunblock. All of the hyper-pigmentation is still highly apparent. Even the fine lines that seemed to diminish are still there. This procedure DOES NOT WORK!!!!
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He is informative, patient, personable, accessible, and truly interested in the needs of his patients as well as being earnest in providing them with the best treatment at an affordable price. Furthermore, he does not sanction one particular procedure for every patient, but customizes his care according to the patients personal needs and/or problems. He also has a friendly and dedicated staff.

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