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ablative co2 laser
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i have ablative co2 laser last 12 months ago on one cheek called silk touch co2 laser, it kind of made my cheek pale, iam interested in having active fx for my acne scarring, is this treatment ablative or is it fractional, what is the difference, i dnt want to be left with even more white skin

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Plastic surgeon
Miami, FL
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February 2, 2012 4:43 AM

Agree with Dr Rivkin (more)
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los angeles, CA
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  Active Fx should be safe
February 1, 2012 11:28 AM

The Active Fx is a fractionated CO2 laser, designed specifically to avoid the kind of hypopigmentation that you describe. Instead of vaporizing an entire layer of skin, the Active Fx works (more)
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