How does it work?

DeepFX utilizes a very narrow laser microbeam to remove columns of tissue deep into the layers of the skin. The body then heals the channel which stimulates immediate new collagen1 growth to improve the appearance of wrinkles, scars and fine lines. ActiveFX uses a larger beam to treat the upper layer of skin to remove unwanted pigmentation, promote new skin regeneration, and improve fine lines and texture. In one treatment, TotalFX stimulates collagen growth for up six months that can improve the appearance of scars, wrinkles, fine lines, tone, texture and pigmentation.

What is a TotalFX treatment like?

The TotalFX procedure is applied in two steps. First your physician will numb your skin with a topical anesthetic to aid in treatment comfort. The DeepFX laser is applied first followed by the ActiveFX. Your total treatment time will last approximately 30 minutes, though total time will vary depending on the area treated. During the procedure, you will feel a warm sensation as the laser is applied. Immediately following treatment, your skin will be warm, and will appear as though you were sunburned. Your physician will provide you with a skin care regimen to follow for the days following your treatment and as your skin heals, you will begin to notice an improvement in fine lines, wrinkles, scars, pigmentation, tone and texture. You should expect to continue to see improvement for up to six months following the procedures. TotalFX results are long-term, and with proper sun protection and skin-care, can last many years.

TotalFX is right for you if…

  • you want to improve fine lines, wrinkles, scars, tone, texture and pigmentation, all at once
  • you want to achieve great results in only one treatment
  • you want a procedure that has minimal down time

Make an appointment with your DermSA dermatologist to see if the TotalFX CO2 Fractional laser will be right for you! You can also find out more information at www.lumenis.com


Reference: 1 Ross E, McKinlay J, Anderson R. Why Does Carbon Dioxide Laser Resurfacing Work? Archives of Dermatology, 135:444-454, 1999.

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