What Should I Expect from Total FX?

I recently went to see an Esthetician about getting the Total FX treatment. He said that I would have small white bumps on my face that are not pimples but look like pimples for a couple months after the procedure. I am wondering if this is common for the Total FX treatment or if the esthetician was just trying to cover himself in case something happens?

Doctor Answers 3

Total FX treatment

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Total FX is a surgical procedure, and should only be performed by a doctor - facial plastic surgeon, plastic surgeon, etc.- so I am not sure why an aesthetician would be doing this procedure. It would be unusual to have these small white bumps after Total FX, in fact I am not sure what he is referring to.

Pimples, or acne break-outs can indeed happen, especially in patients who are prone to have outbreaks. If this is a treatment you are considering, I would have a consultation with a Board certified Facial Plastic or Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist.

Seattle Facial Plastic Surgeon

Fractional CO2 laser resurfacing

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Our office specializes in fractional co2 laser resurfacing. Fractional co2 laser treatments can improve skin quality and tone. Our office uses the SmartXide system that works exceptionally well. 


Dr. Karamanoukian 

What To Expect From Totalt FX Treatment

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The total FX treatment is an invasive fractionated CO2 laser treatment best performed by a physician who specializes in laser resurfacing. I have NEVER heard of an Esthetician performing this procedure and would be concerned. Having performed thousands of these procedures over the last 10 years, I have never seen the “adverse effect” mentioned by this Esthetician. Yes, some white heads may rarely occur, but if they do, they only last a few days to a week or so. With proper post-operative care, they almost never occur.  When performed properly, by a well-trained laser surgeon, the Total FX treatment is an excellent procedure for both scars, wrinkles and signs of aging.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
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