Laser treatments these days serve multiple purposes — from getting rid of unwanted hair to lightening skin discolorations to tightening sagging skin. Modern advancements in technology have also made it possible for experts to introduce newer techniques.
When you’re considering laser treatments, there are ablative and non-ablative lasers. Before describing their differences, it is important to note that all laser treatments utilize energy to penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin.
Ablative lasers use energy to remove a portion of the epidermis, the skin’s superficial layer. When a part of the superficial layer is removed, the skin is stimulated to regenerate itself and increase its production of collagen (a protein that is responsible for the plump appearance of youthful skin).
Ablative laser resurfacing is right for you if you have moderate to severe forms of acne scarring, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Recovery from ablative laser procedures is quite a bit longer than non-ablative laser treatments. You can expect swelling, oozing, and crusting of the skin after an ablative laser procedure. Taking time off from work will likely be necessary.
Our CO2 Fractional Laser treatment is an example of an ablative laser treatment.
Would you like to learn more about the various laser treatments we offer? Call us at (619) 420-1840 or fill out our contact form to schedule your private consultation.