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Active FX (Fractionated CO2 laser)

skin rejuvenation before and after

A carbon dioxide laser delivers accurate removal of skin layers and the highest degree of skin tightening available today. Fractionating this proven technique drastically reduces downtime compared to the traditional method as skin regenerates quicker from tiny islands of remaining epidermis.

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Expected results:

Removal of fine, and intermediate lines, skin tightening, even pigmentation, removal of brown spots (sun spots), smooth texture of skin.

Preparation:

Vigorous regimen of daily sunscreens and night time retinoids for several months, no alcohol and aspirin for 2 weeks prior to the procedure, vitamin C 1000 mg daily starting 2 weeks prior to the treatment. Topical anesthetics is applied one hour prior to the procedure for maximum comfort.

Post treatment instructions:

Rigorous sun avoidance/protection for 3 months, refrain from alcohol consumption for 2 weeks after the treatment, avoid aspirin for 10 days, continue vitamin C 1000 mg daily for 3 months. Skin care in the immediate postoperative period includes the use of a very gentle non-soap cleanser, petrolatum until skin renewal sets in (3 days), oral medications to prevent herpes reactivation and bacterial super infection.

The hours following the treatment, ice should be applied for fifteen minutes every hour. That night, avoid sleeping face down the avoid swelling. Topical retinoids can be resumed when scabbing subsides (3-5 days after treatment).

Time to desired results:

Up to 5 days for skin renewal, up to 6 months for skin tightening (maximum collagen production).

Contraindications:

History of phenol peel, isotretinoin (Accutane) in the past 12 months, coumadin and other blood thinners, recent tan. This treatment is highly efficient in fair skin types but all skin types can be treated. It is currently restricted to the face, neck and chest.

Duration of desired effects:

Even pigmentation is permanent with proper and vigorous sun protection of the treated areas. Future sun damage can be prevented by sun avoidance and use of a broad spectrum UVA and UVB sunscreen for life. Lines may recur within 10 years. This treatment can be paired with Botox injections and fillers in order to extend results. One to 2 treatments are usually sufficient to achieve these results.

Downtime:

3-6 days for skin renewal, gradually diminishing pinkishness for about 3 months.

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Last updated: 9/15/2021 5:01 PM

PATIENT RATINGS

Would you recommend us?

definitely
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probably
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Compare our service to other similar practices

excellent
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Overall doctor performance

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The doctor listened to you attentively

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The doctor took time to answer your questions

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The doctor explained treatment options

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The doctor explained treatment options

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Front desk performance

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Aesthetician performance

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Office comfort

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Parking

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Friendliness of the staff during appointment

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What WE DID WELL

(Answers:674)

Knowledgeable and friendly staff...very short wait

#12010-12-22 11:56:01

The doctor was friendly and very thorogh -- I didn't feel rushed.

#22020-12-20

The computer registration

#32020-11-06

We liked that Dr. Ringpfeil explained everything to us and made my daugther (almost 6 yo) feel very comfortable in the office. She was very friendly, kind and professional.

#42021-08-26

informative and efficient

#52012-09-05 09:52:41

I was very impressed by everyone I had contact with on the staff - they were so personable as well as professional which goes a very long way with me! The office itself is also beautiful, I love the artwork and the entire atmosphere!

#62011-12-14 13:47:03

I liked the fact that the MA is an aesthetician too. I really think the staffis super friendly and would recomend you to my friends and family.

#72011-04-26 11:00:08

I am very self conscious about my acne but everyone made me feel very comfortable!

#82020-10-03

The office is really nice. The lobby is really nice and the doctor knows what she is doing..

#92021-08-21

I did not have to wait to be seen at all. From the start of my visit until I walked out the door the doctor & staff were very professional & took the tim to answer my questions and listen to me also. I have been seen by other dermatologist and I was defibately impressed here.+++A+++ Higly recommended.

#102020-12-16

What can we do better?

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Evening hours

#12020-11-15

Waiting time in reception area was too long.

#22021-02-07

Everthing was excellent

#32010-10-27 13:58:55

Be on time for our appointments

#42011-11-16 13:56:14

Thank you

#52011-02-23 17:11:29

WINE AND CHEESE WOULD BE NICE IN THE WAITING AREA

#62011-02-09 12:32:20

every thing was great!

#72020-12-06

Everything was delightfully pleasant and comforting.

#82011-03-28 09:42:42

You guys did great. This was a great experience for me

#92010-09-22 12:31:41

Complimentary BMW with first visit

#102021-03-13
Customer Rating : 4.5

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