Fx CO 2 Laser for Acne Scars
Fx is a laser skin care treatment used to treat scars and dermal lesions.
Fx is a fractional CO2 laser that has a small spot size that penetrates deeper into the skin.
Fx is part of a treatment known as Bridge Therapy by Lumenis, which includes all ActiveFX, and Pigment FX laser treatments.
The Fx CO 2 laser can be used in 3 main modes - full resurfacing, fractional resurfacing, and a combination of both. The mode we choose will depend on your scar type, skin type and downtime. The Fx CO2 laser forms an integral part of our Synergy Method of acne scar revision- it is one of the main methods we employ to treat acne scars.
Important facts on Fx CO2 Laser for acne scars
- This laser is the 'big gun' of scar revision for acne
- CO2 can deliver a huge improvement in acne scars
- CO2 full resurfacing will also give the longest downtime
- Carbon Dioxide laser is only suited for lighter skin types
- Erbium laser is best suited for darker skin types and provides less downtime for the patient
- We recommend different lasers for different skin and scar types to provide the absolute best results possible
- We often combine Vascular lasers after CO2 lasers as part of our Synergy Program for acne scars
- Specialist often combine both CO2 laser and fractional laser in the one treatment to deliver outstanding results in select patients
What causes Acne?
Acne is a skin disorder that commonly occurs during puberty; however adults can also be affected by it. Pores in our skin are connected via follicles that act as passageways to oil glands, which are placed underneath your skin. These glands produce a natural liquid known as sebum which help to carry dead skin cells through the follicles, bringing them to the surface of your skin. Hairs grow out of follicles, and when an accrual of oil under the skin blocks these follicles, pimples begin to grow and form.
75% of 11 to 30 year olds will experience acne at some point in their lives. It affects both men and women, but younger men are more likely to get acne due to the presence of higher amounts of testosterone which can exacerbate the condition. If you haven't gotten acne yet, you are one of the lucky few! However, most of us have experienced acne at one point of time.
HOW CAN IT BE TREATED?
Using the new technology of Fractional Laser can replicate results similar to that of deep chemical peels or ablative laser resurfacing, minus the discomfort or the usual downtime associated with such techniques. The technology utilises laser energy micro beams to penetrate and break down skin tissue through the epidermis. Your body will naturally heal and during the process, creates new, healthy tissue to replace the affected areas that have undergone treatment. The scar will be of a lighter colour and your skin texture will be more even, leaving no visible wounds and allows you to apply make-up immediately following the procedure
Depending on your skin, additional treatments are spaced 1-4 weeks apart for a total of 4-5 treatments. Over the next 3-6 months, further collagen remodelling and some skin tightening will help to maintain your acne-free complexion. Furthermore, a healthy skincare routine consisting of facials and products should help you to maintain your results as well. Do consult your doctor to determine the best course of action for your skin.
This treatment is suitable for individuals who have skin that is aging, wrinkled, sagging or has an irregular texture. It may also be used to treat skin damaged by the sun or with irregular pigmentation.
Individuals who are of a darker skin tone are not advised to undergo this treatment – this is because prolonged healing of the surface is required. In many cases, pigmented skin heals itself via hyperpigmentation, and this may take several months of treatments and even additional laser treatments to heal fully.
You should consult your doctor to ensure that this treatment is suitable for your skin and weigh up the time required along with the risks. The downtime is fairly lengthy and you should be fully aware of the requirements and possible outcomes before making an informed decision.