The Total FX treatment is delivered using the Ultrapulse CO2 Laser. Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists is proud to offer Ultrapulse CO2 laser resurfacing which represents the most advanced laser treatment available today. Dr. Marotta’s extensive research into CO2 laser systems led him to choose the Ultrapulse. The laser is 6 times more powerful than any other CO2 laser available. This power translates into deeper skin penetration, less pain, and greater results. The Ultrapulse was featured on 20/20, the Today show, and the Doctors. For more information, visit aesthetic.lumenis.com.
The Total FX laser treatment is the medium range laser treatment protocol offered at Marotta Plastic Surgery Specialists balancing the patient’s desire for great results with less downtime than fully ablative CO2 skin resurfacing (Max FX). The Total FX laser treatment essentially combines 2 laser treatments in one. The Active FX mode can be used by Dr. Marotta to treat brown spots, fine lines, tighten pores, and to improve skin tone and texture. The Deep FX mode can be used by Dr. Marotta to treat deep wrinkles, folds, tighten the skin and to soften scars such as acne scars. Most other fractional CO2 systems treat only superficially. With Total FX, in one treatment, Dr. Marotta can treat both superficial (e.g. sunspots) and deep (deep wrinkles) problems in your skin. The treatment can be completely customized to address your specific problems with recovery of 5 to 7 days. The Total FX is best suited to patients with medium to light skin types who want to also improve deep skin problems like scarring and deep wrinkles but cannot afford the downtime of fully ablative CO2 Laser (Max FX).
Reasons for Getting a Total FX Fractional CO2 Treatment:
- Reduction of wrinkles e.g. Crow’s feet, lipstick lines
- Tightening of skin
- Elimination of sun damaged skin & age spots on the face, hands, shoulders/back, chest & neck
- Diminish Acne scars or other scars
- Destruction of skin lesions
The Total FX fractional CO2 laser procedure is done in the office in one hour or less. Topical anesthetic cream is applied to the skin and oral sedatives are administered to insure your comfort. Most patients describe the pain of the procedure as minimal. Alternatively, the Total FX treatment may be done concurrently with a procedure requiring sedation anesthesia, such as a facelift. Dr. Marotta uses the Deep FX mode to sequentially, fractionally ablate skin with deep wrinkles, folds, and scars. Dr. Marotta will then use the Active FX mode to sequentially, fractionally ablate skin with fine lines and age spots.
The skin may appear slightly red and swollen immediately following the procedure with flesh colored dots. Cool compreses and ointment are applied to soothe the skin. The skin will turn brown over 24-48 hours and slough over the next 4-7 days. Make-up and sunscreen/moisturizer can then be used. Patients generally return to work in 4 to 7 days. The underlying skin will appear pinker and healthier. This pink appearance completely fades in 7 to 10 days and easily covered with make-up. Continued improvement in wrinkle correction, skin tightening and texture from the fractional CO2 laser can be seen even up to two years following the procedure.