TotalFX, ActiveFX, and DeepFX

What is TotalFX “fractional” laser resurfacing?

TotalFX is a fractional CO2 laser procedure that combines both the ActiveFX and DeepFX treatment.

During the procedure, a high-energy beam of laser light is used to smooth out fine lines, wrinkles and scars, remove brown spots and other skin irregularities. It also stimulates formation of new underlying collagen to continue improvement over time.

What’s the difference between ActiveFx, DeepFx and Total FX?

ActiveFX is CO2 laser skin resurfacing for the active person. It is a fractional laser treatment, meaning only a fraction of the skin’s surface is treated by the laser, leaving small areas of skin “untouched” allowing for a faster healing process and enables you to get back to normal activities sooner. The treatment causes the upper layer of skin to peel off and regenerate a layer of new, healthy skin.

DeepFX is CO2 laser skin resurfacing for deeper wrinkles and scars that have a dermal component. This treatment also uses a fractional pattern to aid in the regeneration process. The deep heating associated with DeepFX causes immediate collagen tightening and long-term collagen remodeling. The patient can expect softening and smoothing of wrinkles and scars, with improved skin texture. The Deep FX treatment is fantastic for wrinkles around the mouth and eyes

Total FX combines the Active FX and Deep FX systems. The results are fractional resurfacing of the surface of your skin, removing sun damage and brown spots, as well as the deeper skin, removing wrinkles, scars, and uneven skin tone. Total FX is a complete resurfacing treatment capable of astounding results.

How will I know if I need ActiveFX, DeepFX or TotalFX?

Patients can opt for only an ActiveFX treatment, depending on the areas of concern. However, Dr. Day recommends using the Active FX and Deep FX treatments together for most patients, as they provide optimal results.

How long does TotalFX last?

Total FX is a long term treatment with results that can last for years.

What are the benefits of a TotalFX treatment?

  • Immediate collagen tightening
  • Reduces wrinkles and fine lines
  • Softens deep lines
  • Noticeably improves skin tone and texture
  • Eliminates and reduces age spots and sun damage
  • Stimulates new collagen formation and plumps the skin

The results of a TotalFX laser treatment are long-term and, with proper sun protection, can persist for many years. Most effects of treatment become visible right away, whereas others - such as new collagen formation - build up gradually and become more evident over time. Therefore, most people look even better 3-6 months after the procedure.

What should I expect during the procedure?

The treatment itself lasts approximately 20 minutes. You should plan on an hour for the entire visit in order for us to apply anesthetic cream prior to the treatment, to help minimize discomfort.

During the treatment, you will feel a warm sensation over the area being treated.

What is the TotalFX recovery period like?

Recovering from the procedure is much like any laser treatment. The skin may feel slightly sunburned and swollen and require a bit of cooling. This can be controlled with ice packs and medications prescribed.

There may be a red, crusted appearance for eight or more days with the heavier CO2 laser or just four days with the ActiveFX laser. The skin will likely appear as a sunburn and this will subside over a few days or weeks as the skin heals and begins to peel.

Keeping the skin moisturized is always a good idea as is avoiding prolonged exposure to the sun. It is possible to get back to work and an everyday routine after the procedure as long as the skin is taken care of.

How soon can I be active after TotalFX?

Compared to other total resurfacing treatments, patient recovery from ActiveFX and DeepFX treatments is rapid. Of course everyone will heal at various rates depending on the depth of the treatment, the particular areas treated and your own healing rate. Light resurfacing may take only a few days to heal, while deeper treatments can take up to just over a week.

When do I see results from TotalFX?

Results are often visible right away and progressively get more noticeable as time goes by. The skin will peel and heal over and new collagen is formed, thus filling fine lines, removing discolorations on the face, and tightening loose skin. The results may reach their peak up to six months after the initial treatment.
"Dr Day did a wonderful job!"
"I was so pleased with the results of my FX treatment. My skin is more even in color, fine lines have all but disappeared. I'm even noticing more firmness around my jaw line. I had my neck & chest done as well. The chest area had major sun damage, uneven color and roughness. Just 3 weeks after treatment it was smooth and more even in color. Dr Day did a wonderful job!" -Bettye H.

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