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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?

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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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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

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The whole visit

#12021-12-03

Dr. Ringpfeil's professionalism as well as her wonderful bedside manner.

#22022-02-05

It's great that you're using electronic means to capture patient information. Everyone is very friendly and competent and the doctor was wonderful to talk to.

#32021-08-29

I was scared that I had something on my face after my laser treatment. As it turns out Jill took a second look and told me it was normal and it will resolve. The reason why I tell you this is because Lisa at the front desk was instrumental on making sure I was followed up and that my fears were elevated. Lisa was outstanding! From my experiences in the past, I find most people at the front desk don't really care about the patients. However, I did not get that from Lisa. She kept in contact with me until I was completely satisfied with my care. She really is a professional and deserves recognition. Her job is the most important one in the office. I have left other offices in the past because I didn't care for the staff. That won't happen here! Hats of to LISA!!!! P.S. The computer in the waiting room is AWESOME too!!!

#42012-12-06 11:38:48

Everyone was very friendly and considerate. I did have to wait a little longer for the doctor to come in but the medical assistant was so polite and came in to offer me a magazine.

#52022-05-22

Very knowledgeable and good at explaining the condition.

#62021-09-24

How great the Doctor was

#72022-04-25

The doctor was very nice!

#82021-08-16

welll...besides the freeezing sensation applied to my paipai, i loved the paintings...for sure

#92022-06-04

The amount of time the doctor spent and the medical assistant. I didn't feel rushed

#102022-02-26

What can we do better?

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Everyone and everything is excellent!

#12011-03-23 10:51:26

coffee in waiting room

#22011-12-14 11:20:21

Can't think of anything. I feel good about this visit.

#32010-09-09 11:47:56

I can't think of anything.

#42010-08-25 14:18:06

All aspects of care were remarkable--much better than I've encountered elsewhere.

#52022-07-31

You were amazing

#62010-09-28 09:24:38

Nothing - excellent.

#72011-01-25 12:57:52

Nothing I can think of

#82022-05-12

I can't think how anything could have been better.

#92022-07-31

do not change a thing

#102022-02-09

Customer Rating : 4.6

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