Active FX™ and Deep FX™ Fractional CO2 Laser
UltraPulse® Fractional CO2 Laser by Lumenis
Fractional Laser Treatment using UltraPulse by Lumenis™
The latest in laser technology by the industry leader Lumenis™. The Active FX™ Fractional CO2 Laser provides results identical to more intense, painful and longer-recovery fully ablative laser treatments and does not strip the skin of all natural pigment, allowing patients to return to their busy lifestyles more quickly. “Give us five days and we’ll give you five years.” Significant and immediate tightening of the skin, improved skin tone and long-term increases in collagen production are all realized with this procedure.
UltraPulse Options: DeepFX and ActiveFX
The UltraPulse is the most versatile fractional CO2 laser system available. It is capable of offering the full range of fractional resurfacing: DeepFX offers a small, deep spot microablative treatment and ActiveFX offers a large, superficial spot treatment. DeepFX and ActiveFX can be combined to form TotalFX, for total outcomes in the treatment of fine lines, texture, dyschromia, deep wrinkles, and scar revision.
Background descriptions courtesy of Lumenis:
What Are Ablative Lasers?
Ablative lasers generate beams of coherent light that are absorbed by the body’s tissue as energy. The energy is delivered through a narrow range of wavelengths, and in the target area, the energy causes temperature elevation which results in tissue evaporation or ablation. Ablative lasers effectively treat a broad range of skin conditions by removing all or part of the skin. The body’s natural healing processes then replace the damaged skin with new and healthy tissue. Although several types of ablative lasers exist, differing mainly by wavelength, CO2 lasers have long been considered the industry’s ‘Gold Standard’ for ablation, delivering an exceptional ratio between ablation and coagulation (heating tissue without evaporating it).
How Does A CO2 Laser Work?
CO2 lasers produce light at a 10,600nm wavelength, which is absorbed by water in the tissue. The laser energy heats up the water until it reaches a boiling point causing the evaporation of the affected tissue. Some heat is absorbed by tissue adjacent to the ablated target area, causing tissue coagulation which induces hemostasis (the cessation of bleeding) as well as thermal stimulation of deep skin layers, which induces fibroblast stimulation and neocollagenesis (the formation of new collagen).The laser beam can also be transmitted through a scanner which is a device used to further control the delivery of energy. The scanner regulates the configuration of energy delivered onto the skin, which can range from covering the entire treatment area or just a fraction of it (leaving the areas in between untreated); (also referred to as fractional ablation). The overall effect of ablation and coagulation, either full or fractional, is the removal of skin and the stimulation of the body to replace it with newer, younger skin.
*Individual results may vary.
Specific claims or the estimate of permanence length of results vary for each patient and therefore are not guaranteed. Each treatment plan is designed to suit an individual patient’s needs, so depending on the many variables involved, including the condition of the skin, each patient may see different results.
Please call for an individual patient assessment to review your specific treatment plan and see the results that can be achieved for you.