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A 30-year-old female asked:

What is the difference between co2 fraxel and affirm active deep fx laser therapy? which one works better for deep acne scars?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Catherine Winslow
Facial Plastic Surgery 36 years experience
No difference...: Both technologies use a microspot co2 laser which treats approximately 30% of the surface skin of the face with one treatment. The treatment recommended would depend on your scars and skin type. Ice-pick scars respond best to punch excision and later resurfacing. Deeply irregular textured scars sometimes respond best to dermabrasion. Find a surgeon skilled in all techniques for best results!
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Dr. John Hoffmann
Plastic Surgery 40 years experience
Equal: Fractional lasers use a laser beam that is delivered to the skin with a grid pattern. This leaves minute patches of untreated skin between laser spots. This allows faster healing with less risks. No laser is very effective against deep scars and are better for superficial scarring. Deeper scars may require surgical revision or dermabrasion.
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Last updated Apr 1, 2019


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