ActiveFX™ is a fractional laser procedure performed in a single treatment with minimal patient downtime. During the procedure, a high-energy beam of laser light is used to smooth out lines, wrinkles and scars, and remove dark spots and other irregularities, layer by layer. It also stimulates formation of new underlying collagen to continue improvement over time.
With fractional laser treatment, only a fraction of the skin’s surface is treated by the laser, leaving small “bridges” of untouched skin. This technique makes the healing process much quicker and enables you to get back to normal activities sooner. ActiveFX™ treatment produces a profound effect on the skin:
- Causes immediate skin tightening
- Reduces wrinkles and fine lines, and softens deeper frown lines
- Noticeably improves skin tone and texture
- Stimulates new collagen formation and plumps the skin
- Restores the skin to a healthy youthful-looking state
The results of ActiveFX™ laser treatment are long-term, and with a proper sun protection, can persist for many years. Most effects of treatment become visible right away, whereas others – such as new collagen formation, which leads to continued inner tightening – build up gradually and become more evident over time. Therefore, most people look even better 3-5 months after the procedure.
A Gentle Laser Treatment for Wrinkles and Sun Damage. Portrait® skin regeneration is unlike any other treatment available today. It is not a laser, radio frequency, or light-based treatment. It is a completely new plasma energy technology that works both on and below the surface of the skin to modify the skin’s architecture so that new collagen is generated.
Energist Portrait® is effective in reducing the look of fine lines and deep wrinkles, treating sun-damaged skin, improving skin tone and texture, improving acne scars* and tightening skin. It works on a variety of skin types.
During the short procedure, Portrait® transfers plasma energy to the treated area without direct contact to the skin. This technique preserves the skin’s outer layers which act as a protective dressing until new skin regenerates. Downtime is minimal and clinical studies show that the improvements you see following your treatment will become even more dramatic over time.
What is Portrait enhanced skin rejuvenation?
The medical community has been using plasmas – highly charged ionized gas – for many years. Rhytec, a world leader in energy-based technologies, has successfully translated this revolutionary technology to the specialties of dermatology and cosmetic surgery. Known as Portrait®, the Plasma Skin Regeneration procedure is unparalleled for wrinkle reduction, tightening, and improvement in skin tone and texture. No other procedure treats more conditions at the same time — all of which are achieved with a low risk profile in which your own skin acts as a natural biological dressing during the healing process.
Portrait® works by delivering millisecond pulses of nitrogen-based plasma to the skin’s surface via the system’s novel hand piece. Nitrogen is a colorless, odorless gaseous element that is part of all living tissues and makes up 80% of the atmosphere. When introduced to ultra-high frequency energy, the nitrogen is converted into a highly energized state, or plasma. From the hand piece, the plasma transfers its energy onto the skin without any direct contact, causing a very controlled heating of tissue and a unique thermal profile with no charring. Unlike other skin-rejuvenation treatments, Portrait® leaves the skin surface intact. It works via an entirely different mode of action that is effective both at and below the skin’s surface. It stimulates the body to regenerate the damaged structural elements of the skin in a way that other technologies and treatments cannot. The results seen following treatment get better over time, with clinical studies showing continuing improvement a year later — a unique and significant advantage that distinguishes Portrait® from all other skin treatments.
Who is an appropriate candidate for this treatment?
There are many ideal candidates for Portrait®, for example:
- Individuals seeking to repair photo-damage and improve the appearance of age spots, or hyperpigmentation
- Individuals seeking to remove pre-cancerous lesions
- Individuals considering laser surgery, a face lift and/or plastic surgery
- Individuals wanting to reduce the appearance of fine lines and deep wrinkles
- Individuals wanting to tighten the skin Individuals wanting to improve the overall skin tone and texture to recapture a youthful skin quality they have not enjoyed for years
- Individuals wanting to reduce acne scarring
- What can I expect during a treatment?
Before treatment, a cool gel is applied in a thin layer over the treatment area. The cooled window of the laser is then placed upon the skin. When the energy is applied it feels a bit like a warm pulse against the skin.
Is the treatment of painful?
Most patients feel minimal discomfort during the procedure. If necessary, a topical anesthetic can be applied to make the treatments more comfortable.
What can I expect following the treatment?
Following the treatment it will be recommended that you wear a minimum of a 45 SPF sunscreen daily. Make-up can be applied immediately after treatment and you can resume normal activities. Many patients scheduled their treatments over lunch and return to work right after. There may be some slight redness or swelling for a few hours or, on rare occasions, a few days.
Darker pigments and freckles may get darker after the initial treatment and flake off in a few days.
Because the lasers reduced wrinkles by encouraging new collagen growth, wrinkled improvement is gradual. At the time of your third treatment, 9 to 12 weeks after your initial treatments, you may begin to see wrinkle improvement. Wrinkle improvement will be further evidenced several months after treatment completed.
How long to treatments take?
Portrait® Plasma skin rejuvenation can be used to treat an entire face or a specific area. Treatment for an entire face can take as little as 20 min.; a regional treatment can be as short as 10 – 15 min.. Shortly after, you will see improvements in your skin texture and tone and diminished wrinkles giving you a new, more vibrant and youthful appearance. Over time you will see continuing improvement.
How long do the effects last?
Aging is progressive. The wrinkles and sun damage that are visible today were often caused years before. Care should be taken to wear sun block so no new sun damage can occur. Dr. Daneshmand recommends a consultation with her nurse regarding specific skin care treatments to provide continued improvement. Additionally, new wrinkles cannot necessarily be stopped from appearing. However, the laser’s encouragement of new collagen growth should help slow the appearance of new wrinkles. It is recommended that one to two sessions be done on an annual basis for maintenance.
Why should I choose Enhanced Skin Rejuvenation?
Enhanced Skin Rejuvenation is a wonderful, cost-effective alternative for patients who want a more youthful appearance without needles, cosmetic surgery or weeks of recovery time.