Cincinnati TOTAL FX Fractional CO2 Laser
Deeper resurfacing for sun damage, acne scarring, and wrinkles.
By combining fractional technology with deeper tissue penetration, we can achieve significant improvement in skin quality. CO2 is the gold standard in laser resurfacing and can treat a wide variety of concerns, including:
- Crow’s feet
- Lines around the mouth
- Brown spots and uneven skin tone
- Acne scarring
- Skin texture
- Crepey skin
What to Expect
Prior to your appointment, we will discuss what to expect and give you prescriptions that will need to be filled prior to your procedure. Please stop using retinol for 7 days prior. Photos will be taken prior to your procedure to track your progress. A topical numbing cream will be applied for your comfort. An injectable numbing may also be used for this treatment.
We will place metal goggles on you to protect your eyes. During the treatment, you will feel some stinging that feels like a rubber band snap in the treatment area.
This procedure includes complimentary Pronox.
You will feel like your face is hot, similar to having a sunburn. This will last for 2-4 hours. Please follow our carefully designed post-treatment instructions for the best results. We will give you all your post-care for optimal healing.
How does the Total FX Laser work?
Years ago, laser resurfacing meant weeks of downtime and months of redness. With recent advances in laser technology, fractional resurfacing has emerged as one of the most exciting developments in cosmetic medicine. With fractional treatments, only a fraction of the skin’s surface is treated by the laser, leaving small bridges of untouched skin. This technique makes the healing time much faster and enables you to get back to normal activities sooner.
What conditions can the Total FX treat?
- Fine lines and wrinkles
- Crow's feet around the eyes
- Frown lines and lines around the mouth (smoker's lines)
- Brown spots and blotchy, uneven skin tone
- Acne scars
How long will my appointment take?
Our trained nurses will take pictures and apply a topical numbing for 20 minutes prior to your procedure beginning. For this treatment, injectable numbing may also be used. Once the treatment begins, it will take about 40 minutes.
Does Total FX hurt?
There is some discomfort during the procedure. We offer Pronox to help make you more comfortable as well as topical numbing. Afterwards, your skin will feel hot like a sunburn and this will last for 2-3 hours. It should not hurt after the treatment.
Is Total FX safe?
TOTAL FX is a safe treatment in the hands of an experienced professional. We recommend avoiding any laser treatment for at least 2 weeks before going into the sun and at least 2 weeks after having been in the sun.
When will I see results?
You should see results in texture and brown sports within a couple weeks of the treatment but best results will be seen after 3-6 months once your collagen building starts.
Am I a candidate?
You will start with a skin care consultation to determine what treatment is right for you. The Active FX is more superficial and is an ideal treatment for fine lines, texture, and pigment. The Deep FX goes deeper to treat deeper lines and scars. By combining these two, you get the Total FX package. We can, therefore, customize treatments to target specific areas of concern and tailor it to fit within your lifestyle.
Will I need multiple treatments?
Most people achieve significant results with just one treatment. You will notice immediate skin tightening, reduction in fine lines and wrinkles and a noticeable improvement in skin tone and texture within 2 weeks of your treatment. Over the next 6 months you will continue to tighten as collagen is remodeled under your skin. People with severe acne scarring may need more than one treatment depending on the depth of their scars.
Mona Dermatology feels different because we are different. From our calming, inviting office space, to dermatologists and medical practitioners who are as credentialed as they are kind, there’s so much that sets us apart.
- Dr. Mona Foad named Cincinnati Magazine Top Doctor every year since 2008
- 4.7 average Google rating with 250+ five-star reviews from patients.
- Our providers are extensively and continually trained in the latest advances in medical and cosmetic dermatology.
- We specialize in helping our patients achieve a natural, refreshed look.
- Your goals are our goals. Each patient’s treatment plan is unique.