New skin resurfacing technology: ActiveFX laser

Beauty in Seattle on 15 Jul 2006 at 5:34pm

FraxelI just coerced my friend Denise to writeup her positive Fraxel laser results which inspired me to investigate new facial resurfacing and skin renewal options. In this research I ran across a new "fractional" laser system called ActiveFX.

Sounds very similar to Fraxel (See Fraxel laser reviews on RealSelf), where a laser is used to stimulate collagen growth.

In the press release about ActiveFX, they feature a provider of the treatment, Dr. James Heinrich, an Orange Country facial plastic surgeon.  Dr. Heinrich refers to his findings that your entire face can be treated in 30 minutes but the downtime is meaningful: 4 days. Takes more than 4 or 5 sessions. {Update: Company states takes 1 session}

Intriguing bit about the long-term effectiveness. The doctor states that "With proper care to avoid the harmful effects of sunlight, the improvement can last for several years." Not sure how he knows this with such a new technology but perhaps he can estimate the duration of effects based on how much new collagen growth is stimulated by the Active FX sessions. Pure speculation.

If you've undergone ActiveFX skin treatment sessions, please do share your experience (especially if it was a year ago!). In the meantime, here's a before & after picture sent to me by lumenis.