Lumenis UltraPulse Encore CO2

Active FX is one of the most remarkable treatments to hit the cosmetic dermatology arena in the last five years. An office-based procedure with minimal patient downtime, Active FX is a single-treatment solution for wrinkled, sun-damaged skin. A high-energy laser beam is applied in a fractionated pattern over the surface of the treatment area, leaving areas of untouched skin to promote quicker healing.

Active FX - Lumenis Ultrapulse machine

Is Active FX right for you?

Active FX is an ideal treatment option if you:

  • Have a busy lifestyle or cannot be away from work for an extended period
  • Want noticeable results with minimal downtime
  • Want to treat pigment irregularities, fine lines, and wrinkles

What is Active FX?

Active FX is a high-energy beam laser treatment applied in a fractionated pattern, like pixels in a photograph, leaving “bridges” of untouched skin. This technique leads to faster healing and enables you to return to normal activities very quickly.

What can you expect following Active FX?

For several hours following your Active FX treatment, you may feel warmth in your face similar to a sunburn. There will be redness, but virtually no discomfort, for a few hours. After the procedure, a gentle cleansing regimen with light moisturizers is prescribed, and the treated skin will develop tiny brown dots which slough off over a 5-7 day period. After about four days you will be able to resume use of sunblock and makeup. Most patients are entirely back to normal after a week at most. And the results speak for themselves! Some of the effects are seen immediately after the first week, while others, such as skin tightening, may take months to develop. No matter what, adequate sun protection is a crucial element to maintain beautiful results.

Do I have to do anything to prepare for Active FX treatment?

Depending on the degree of sun damage, some patients will need to use a combination of Retin A and a bleaching agent to make the skin more responsive to the laser beam. This regimen is often continued after the procedure as a means of maintaining the beautiful glow your skin will have.

Active FX Benefits

  • Causes immediate collagen contraction
  • Reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and softens deeper frown lines
  • Noticeably improves skin texture and tone
  • Stimulates new collagen formation and plumps the skin
  • Lightens or eliminates brown spots

Before and After Images


Images courtesy of Lumenis, Inc. (Dr. Kaufman)

Images courtesy of Lumenis, Inc. (Dr. DeBias)

Written By: Dr. Gendler, Board-certified Dermatologist, Upper East Side, Manhattan

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