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Laser Resurfacing San Francisco

Facial resurfacing in San Francisco is effective for skin tightening, improving skin tone and texture, softening acne scars and removing fine wrinkles and deeper creases from the face.

A resurfacing procedure removes the outermost layers of skin, allowing smoother, healthier and more youthful skin to develop underneath. The techniques used for resurfacing include mechanical dermabrasion, CO2 fractional lasers (ActiveFX/DeepFX), and medications used for chemical peeling such as trichloroacetic acid or phenol. In general, these procedures are a relatively uncomplicated procedures that can be performed in our office or surgery center at the Maas Clinic in one hour or less.


Mechanical dermabrasion is a resurfacing technique that uses a special diamond-tipped tool to remove outer skin cells. With the advent of laser technology, which tends to produce more effective skin resurfacing, dermabrasion is not used as often today. However, a less invasive form of dermabrasion called microdermabrasion is still used at the Mass Clinic in combination with some chemical peels to produce even better results.

Chemical Peels

Chemical peels use a special formulation applied to the skin to exfoliate and rejuvenate the complexion. Lighter peels use ingredients like glycolic and salicylic acid, while deeper peels often use trichloroacetic acid to work into even more dermal layers. Lighter peels do not involve much if any downtime, while deep peels may involve a two-week recovery period with significant flaking and peeling during that time. However, those deep peels offer dramatic, long-lasting results compared to their lighter counterparts.

Laser Resurfacing

ActiveFX and DeepFX are laser treatments that produce a dramatic effect on the skin. These procedures use fractional laser technology, which combines the less invasive approach of a non-ablative laser procedure with the dramatic, long-lasting results of an ablative treatment. Fractional laser treatments are performed in a single session with minimal patient downtime. Patients can choose to have ActiveFX alone or for deeper penetration of the skin layers, can elect to add DeepFX.

With ActiveFX, a high- energy beam of laser light interacts with the skin’s surface causing the upper layer to peel away and regenerate a layer of new, healthy skin. Some of the effects of the treatment are visible soon after the procedure. Others, such as new collagen formation, build up gradually and result in continued smoothing over time.

ActiveFX treatments offer the following benefits:

  • Results in immediate skin tightening
  • Reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while softening deeper frown lines
  • Noticeably improves skin tone and texture
  • Stimulates new collagen formation for natural, long-lasting results
  • Restores the skin to a healthy and more youthful condition

DeepFX is revolutionary fractional laser technology that uses CO2 laser microbeams to precisely target the deep dermal layers of the skin. This process stimulates a cascade of healing responses that leads to tissue regeneration and new collagen formation throughout the entire treatment area.

With DeepFX laser treatments, only a fraction of the skin’s surface is treated by the laser, leaving surrounding skin and tissue untouched. This technique makes the healing process much faster without compromising the dramatic results patients expect.

DeepFX treatment benefits might include:

  • Improvement in wrinkles, scars and facial folds
  • Noticeable improvement in overall skin tone and texture
  • Stimulation of new collagen formation for natural, long-lasting results
  • Restoration of some facial volume for a younger profile

The results of ActiveFX and DeepFX laser skin resurfacing in San Francisco are long-lasting and, with proper sun protection, can persist for many years. Most effects of the treatment become visible right away, while others, such as new collagen formation, lead to continued results. Patients can expect to see ongoing tightening and skin firmness that builds up gradually and becomes more evident over time. In fact, most patients will see their best results around six months after their treatment session.

Dr. Corey Maas and the staff at The Maas Clinic look forward to answering any questions you may have about laser skin resurfacing in San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 567-7000.

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