Fractional Laser (ActiveFX)

In La Jolla

Fractional laser treatment | La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic In San Diego



If your goal is to reduce acne, wrinkles, or scars without undergoing an invasive treatment, you have come to the right place. CO2 laser treatments, or Fractional Lasers are commonly used to resurface the skin and reduce wrinkles. La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic offers treatments for men and women with the Active FX™ Deep system in San Diego, Encinitas, La Mesa, El Cajon, and surrounding areas of California. We know looking your best means feeling your best, and with our Fractional Laser treatments, you can achieve both.

What is a Fractional Laser?

Active FX and the ore-intensive Deep FX are both Fractional Lasers. These lasers utilize a treatment technology called Bridge Therapy. This means that tiny laser beams penetrate the skin in a dot-like pattern which leaves “bridges” of untreated skin around each treated microdot. This is important to understand because this is what makes these lasers so much kinder. 

The FX lasers by Lumenis are the new gold standard CO2 laser skin tightening and resurfacing systems. They both offer immediate wrinkle reduction as the skin resurfacing technique induces collagen formation and tightening of the skin. You see immediate results that will continue to improve for up to six months due to this new collagen formation.

Here are some of the reasons we use CO2: 

  • CO2 is the “gold standard” in skin resurfacing since the early 90’s
  • CO2 can be customized to be treated more superficially as is required in the case of pigmentation issues
  • Superficial treatment is friendlier to darker skin tones and incurs less risk.
  • Clinical benefits persist for a considerable time post-treatment

What are the benefits of a Fractional Laser?

We have utilized the Fractional Laser treatments in La Jolla and San Diego on a variety of patients, who have seen astounding results, including: 

  • Fading of skin discoloration
  • New collagen is formed as a response to the treatment, firming and “plumping” skin tissue
  • Reduction of fine lines, and wrinkles and a subtle softening of deeper wrinkles
  • Scar reduction
  • Skin tone is more even and texture is smoother
  • Smoother, wrinkle-free facial and neck skin
  • Tighter and more lifted eyelid skin
  • Treatments help skin revert to a healthier appearance

Who are the best candidates for a Fractional Laser?

Practically anyone can be a good candidate for La Jolla and San Diego Fractional Laser treatments since they can treat multiple types of skin issues, making it a good choice for a wide variety of patients. ActiveFX / DeepFX is ideal for you if your lifestyle demands a short healing time. A good candidate for this CO2 laser is anyone looking for dramatic improvement in skin texture and tone, has realistic expectations, and is willing to follow post-treatment instructions for optimal results.

Unfortunately, those with a darker Fitzpatrick are not good candidates for this treatment because of the possibilities of hyperpigmentation or loss of pigment.

What’s the first step?

To determine what kind of Fractional Laser treatment would best suit your needs, schedule a complimentary consultation where we can discuss it with you. Your provider will assess your problem areas, discuss your desired outcome, and decide which treatment will give you the most results. It is also a good time to discuss any concerns or questions you may have so that you have peace of mind knowing you are making an informed decision. 

If you are satisfied with the trajectory of your treatment, we will create your custom procedure plan and our Patient Coordinator will help you schedule your first session. You will also be provided with some directions to follow that will help achieve optimal results.


What to expect on the day of a Fractional Laser treatment

After arriving at the clinic, we take you to the treatment room where your provider will walk you through the procedure and the instruments being used. The procedure is performed in our office with a topical anesthetic cream that is applied about an hour before the laser procedure begins. 

The ActiveFX is ideal for treating mild to moderate levels of wrinkling and will improve pigmentation issues. For acne scarring, the ActiveFX allows a moderate level of improvement, though may require adjunctive laser treatment using Fraxel II (a new upgrade to the latest technology to the Fraxel DUAL). Due to the variation in scar depths, acne scars typically require several procedures for the best response. Fraxel II offers a low to no-downtime alternative if your preferences dictate.

DeepFX reaches deeper into the skin to create a more intense thermal response. Heat is the catalyst for new collagen tightening and collagen production. Just as a cotton t-shirt will shrink in the dryer from the heat, the collagen strands in your skin will “shrink” when sufficient heat is introduced. The DeepFX laser beam is very narrow and reaches the stimulatory levels of the deep dermis. Besides the immediate collagen shrinkage, new collagen growth begins with your treatment and this collagen growth continues for months. After 3 to 5 months you’ll reach your “best response” with skin that is tighter, smoother, and more luminous.

Most patients experience a warm sensation from the laser that is similar to a sunburn. Depending on which fractional laser you choose, the outcomes will vary.

Fractional Laser Recovery

With our gentle post-laser skincare regimen, the photo-damaged skin begins to flake off within 2 days. After the Active FX laser treatment, the full recovery takes only about one week. After about 4 to 5 days, make-up can be applied to the skin. The pinkness should be gone in about a week. 

After one week, the majority of skin redness and sensitivity should be completely healed.

The Active FX laser stimulates collagen production in the skin to produce long-lasting results. Optimal results are seen about six months after treatment and will last for years longer.

How much does a Fractional Laser cost in La Jolla & San Diego?

The cost of a Fractional Laser in La Jolla & San Diego will depend on the size of the treatment area and the number of treatment sessions needed for optimal results. The exact cost can vary by patient, but it is made more affordable thanks to the availability of financing options. During your consultation, we will discuss the options and determine the price you will be paying. 

If you opt to combine your fractional laser treatment with another procedure, let us know and we will let you know the price for both.


Why choose La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic?

Patients who come to La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic know they are receiving cutting-edge treatments and procedures, some of which cannot be found elsewhere. We treat all our patients like family and ensure that you feel, comfortable, safe, and happy at our clinic. Our providers boast world-class skills and techniques, that will be applied to help you achieve optimum results. With hundreds of reviews from patients sharing satisfied results, you will be making the right choice by coming to La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic. 


Schedule your consultation

Call us today at (858) 225-8380 to schedule a complimentary Factional Laser consultation or contact us on our website. Our providers will discuss your goals and needs during the session. We can also recommend a range of non-invasive, non-surgical treatments and procedures that we offer, which are renowned among our La Jolla and San Diego clients. When you schedule a consultation, you are taking the first step to achieving healthy, beautiful skin. 

Contact Us Today!

Schedule A Consultation

Contact Us Book Now

  • “I could not have had a better first impression of La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic. I spoke with three practitioners at my appointment, who were all extremely friendly and professional. I never felt pressured to purchase any product/service. In fact, the doctor suggested I hold off on a service I was interested in to see if it was even necessary. I am genuinely looking forward to my next appointment”


  • “I want to share on here how great La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic treated me on the day of my appointment, the staff members were kind and professional and Dr. Mani was great! My experience could not have been any better, Dr. Mani made sure of that! Ty Dr. Mani, I am extremely satisfied with my results and highly recommend La Jolla Cosmetic Laser Clinic!”


  • “Was my first appointment with this clinic. The staff were very nice. Dr Siddiqui was amazing. She really took the time to walk me through the procedure process. She answered all my questions and concerns. She has great bedside manners. I will continue to work with Dr Siddiqui for my dermatology needs and highly recommend her to others. Cheers!”


  • “This was my first time here and my first time getting Botox and let me tell you Dr. Mani and her team is amazing. Coming into it I was extremely nervous bc I’ve never gotten any non surgical procedures done before so I didn’t know what to expect. But when Dr Mani and her team came in I got extremely calm and ready and let me tell you she is amazing and super quick! Didn’t feel a pinch!”


Book Call Email Shop