Overall, the Active FX works better for skin tightening but both procedures have their advantages. The Titan uses a non-ablative infrared light to heat dermal collagen and causes both collagen contraction and new collagen deposition which helps tighten the skin. The Titan requires three procedures but there is little to no discomfort and zero downtime. Patients can expect about 5-10% tightening after each procedure which last for 1-2 years.
The Active FX uses a CO2 laser to removal a small core of tissue (about 1 hair thick) which literal decreases the amount of skin. During a face lift approximately 30 square cm of skin are removed, during an Active FX procedure approximately 20-25 square cm of skin are removed. There is also a significant thermal effect from the Active FX which causes the tissue around the removal site to shrink and also stimulates new collagen deposition. Although there is very little discomfort most patient prefer to take between 5-7 days off before returning to social activities. A single Active FX treatment can tighten tissue from 10-35% depending on the aggressiveness of the treatment. Results last several years.