What is ResurFX Skin Resurfacing?
This handheld laser device rejuvenates the skin with the power of heat. While certain types of lasers work by removing the surface layer of skin cells, ResurFX does not. Instead, it stimulates the production of new collagen and elastin by heating the dermis layer. ResurFX uses a fiber laser and an innovative scanner, and is unique because it requires only one pass for optimal results.
Despite penetrating deep into the skin, the ResurFX does no damage to the surface of the skin. The laser stimulates collagen and elastin fiber production and the skin’s self-healing properties, both of which can become limited due to aging or the damaging effects of the sun.
Furthermore, ResurFX is fully adjustable to your skin and condition for a customized treatment that’s right for you. This protects your skin and reduces the amount of time a treatment session takes.
Conditions Treated with ResurFX
A wide array of skin problems can be treated with ResurFX, including:
- Acne scars
- Stretch marks
- Large pores
Arrange a consultation to find out if this laser treatment will work for your goals.
Ideal Candidates for ResurFX Skin Resurfacing
In general, patients who are good candidates have:
- Skin imperfections that can be treated with ResurFX
- Interest in a laser skin treatment with minimal recovery
- Desire to improve elasticity and firmness of their skin, but may not be ready for a surgical intervention like a facelift
- Good overall health
Visit our practice for a one-on-one consultation, during which Dr. Flora Levin will examine your face and determine whether this treatment or another will achieve your goals.
How ResurFX Technology Works
This laser is non-ablative, so it does not work by removing the surface layer of skin. It is “fractional” and treats specific sections of skin while leaving other sections untouched, which leads to a faster recovery. It introduces heat into the dermis layer, which causes the tissue to respond with a healing response, as though the tissue had been injured. This healing response includes production of new collagen, which improves your appearance. The ResurFX stands apart because it requires only one pass across the skin, not multiple passes.
How do I Prepare for ResurFX Skin Resurfacing?
- Do not expose the skin that will be treated to the sun, preferably for a full month leading up to your appointment
- Wear sunscreen when you go outside
- Discontinue use of retinoids for at least 5 days prior
- Wear a button-down blouse to your appointment to avoid having to pull your top over your head when your skin is still very sensitive
Our team will make sure you have complete before and aftercare instructions well in advance.
ResurFX vs. Microneedling
Although both can produce beautiful results, ResurFX and microneedling are not the same rejuvenating treatments. While ResurFX targets the underlying dermis with thermal energy, microneedling prompts a healing response by way of tiny micro pin pricks in the skin. The microneedling device has a round head with a group of tiny needles. The needles are passed over the skin, where they create tiny openings in the tissue – basically microscopic injuries, which cause your skin to produce collagen and elastin.
Can ResurFX Be Combined With Other Treatments?
ResurFX has amazing versatility, as it can be combined with an IPL Photofacial for a state-of-the-art revitalizing Photofractional treatment. It is also perfectly suited to be combined with neuromodulators like Botox and injectable treatments such as dermal fillers for enhanced results.
How Long Does ResurFX Last?
Although you may need more than one treatment session, the results can last about 2 years once the sessions are complete. That timeline can vary by individual. You can promote long-lasting results by eating well, staying hydrated, protecting your skin from the sun, and pursuing other healthy habits.
How Many Treatments are Needed for the Best Results?
It depends on the issues you are looking to correct. Some people get good results after only a single ResurFX treatment. More often, 3-4 treatment sessions are required. ResurFX is non-ablative and minimally invasive, which is why it may require multiple sessions spaced a month apart to get the results you want.
ResurFX Recovery Time
- Allow 1 week for a full recovery. During this time, your skin may be red, irritated and dry.
- Don’t wear makeup for 48 hours after treatment
- Wear sunscreen immediately after treatment and for 3 months following, every day. It’s really important to avoid sun exposure for a few months following treatment
- Use a gentle, unscented moisturizer as needed
- Use a cold compress against your skin for discomfort
Is ResurFX Skin Resurfacing Safe?
This procedure is FDA-approved for safety and effectiveness. When performed by an experienced provider, there is a low risk of side effects and complications. It is important to select a practitioner experienced with laser skin resurfacing, like Dr. Levin. An understanding of the technology, your skin, and how the treatment works is essential to your results.