Skin Resurfacing

What is a skin laser resurfacing?

Laser skin resurfacing is a proven way to help reduce wrinkles, age spots, acne scars, and other blemishes as well as tighten skin and balance tone.

The fractional resurfacing includes

  • Acne scar
  • "creepy" skin texture
  • fine lines and wrinkles
  • loss of skin elasticity
  • melasma
  • skin discoloration
  • stretch marks
  • sun damaged skin
  • surgical or traumatic scars

What is the Ablative and Non-Ablative?

The basic difference between ablative and non-ablative treatments is that ablative lasers remove the top layer of skin, while non-ablative lasers work by heating up the underlying skin tissue (without harming the surface) so that your body will produce new collagen.

What is the Ablative Laser Resurfacing?

Ablative lasers are more invasive, making them a great option for treating mild to moderate wrinkles, facial scaring and skin discoloration. Dramatic improvements can generally be seen after a single treatment, but most patients need two weeks or more of recovery time. During recovery, it’s common to experience some discomfort accompanied by swelling, oozing and crusting of the skin.

Ablative laser resurfacing is the best choice for patients who:

  • Show signs of significant facial aging

  • Have deep or pitted facial scars

  • Want to see significant results fast
  • Can take time off from work to recover


What is the Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing?

Meanwhile, non-ablative lasers are best at improving skin texture and tone. In some cases, they may also be used to improve the appearance of fine lines, mild wrinkles and pigmentation issues as well.

Fractional laser treatments are the newest form of laser skin resurfacing and rejuvenation. Utilizing advanced laser technology, it is the treatments of choice for fine lines and improved skin texture and appearance. Unlike earlier generations of skin resurfacing lasers, fractional resurfacing offers results with minimal discomfort and fast recuperation.

A number of separate treatments are usually needed to see significant results, but recoveries are generally mild (especially when compared to ablative treatments). Other than some mild redness or swelling, the skin is not visibly affected, and most patients can resume normal routines right away.

Who is good candidate for non-ablative laser resurfacing?

Non-ablative laser resurfacing is the best choice for patients who:
  • Are relatively young (between 25 and 65 years of age)

  • Have mild to moderate signs of aging (with minimal skin sagging)

  • Are willing to undergo multiple treatments before seeing results

  • Can’t afford to take time off from work

Which treatment is right for you?

The best way to find out which treatment is right for you is to schedule a personal consultation with a qualified cosmetic surgeon. Please visit us at Radiance Skin Clinic so we will be able to make a recommendation based on your skin type and cosmetic goals.

Please consult our dermatologist at Radiance Skin Clinic.

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