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Written by Dr. Ringpfeil

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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PATIENT RATINGS

Would you recommend us?

definitely
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probably
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not likely
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no
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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)

Attention by all staff.

#12024-01-19

Yes, the doctor listened attentively to my description of symptoms and was authentically interested in helping me to resolve a skin issue that numerous specialist have not been able to identify.

#22024-02-12

Was able to get an appointment on the same day. Staff worked deligently to assist with my referral

#32011-05-27 10:56:18

Doctor's thoroughness and bedside manner (and great blue eyes).

#42023-10-29

The prfessionalism of the staff and the attentiveness of the physician. Also the timliness of the staff.

#52011-01-26 08:55:26

All of my questions were answered.

#62023-07-28

The doctor and assistant were wonderful!!! So friendly and warm. I am so used to doctors being rushed AND condescending. This was a great change!!

#72023-07-03

Very little wait time, which is so appreciated! Very comfortable atmosphere. Really a wonderful appointment.

#82011-06-02 16:32:12

Office was very nice, comfortable atmosphere.

#92023-11-22

the people

#102024-03-23

What can we do better?

(answers:373)

fantastic service

#12024-01-13

You often have a long wait time in the room for the doctor. When she does come in it is not for a very long time.

#22010-08-23 17:00:56

More upbeat music! The warm temperature and the John Mayer-esque music made me feel as if it were bedtime =)

#32011-09-16 11:42:32

How about a smile to greet a brand new patient? How about explaining that I need to go and fill out info on the computer instead of pointing over there you need to complete things. I felt like walking out by the rudeness. The medical assistant and phys asst were extremely kind, thorough and helpful. I realized that I was here to seek help for my child and received amazing medical help. Thank you.

#42011-07-11 11:52:49

I was impressed with every step of making the appointment to seeing the physician.

#52010-12-16 12:26:48

Complimentary BMW with first visit

#62024-01-17

Cookies and Milk! Seriously, I love coming in and being seen promptly. More importantly, I like the fact that the doctor was not distracted and there was not a single interruption.

#72023-10-08

It was a very good visit! Thank You!

#82024-01-30

Everything was great.

#92023-11-15

Too Early

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Customer Rating : 4.6

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