Ablative Vs. Non Ablative Q & A

Frequently Asked Questions about

Ablative Vs. Non Ablative Lasers

Q: What is non-ablative laser rejuvenation?

A: Non-ablative skin rejuvenation uses a laser to improve the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots and minor scars by creating heat in the skin without injuring the surface of the skin. The heat generated by the laser promotes collagen production which causes the skin to tighten and look young and healthy.

 

Non ablative lasers often are fractionated so they deliver heat into the skin through thousands of tiny, deep columns known as microthermal treatment zones with intervening normal untreated skin. The fractional approach allows the skin to heal much faster than if the entire area was treated. This approach lessens the recovery period and reduces the number of complications that can occur.

 

Q: What should first be done before considering non-ablative laser rejuvenation?

A: Let your CLS know if you have a history of cold sores or similar disorders. This is also the time to discuss appropriate treatment expectations, potential risks and benefits of the procedure. Prior to treatment, you should:

  • Avoid tanning or excessive sun exposure.
  • Avoid perfumes, deodorants and other potential irritants in treatment area.
  • Avoid taking aspirin and other blood thinners prior to treatment.

 

Q: When is non-ablative laser rejuvenation appropriate?

A: The procedure is used to improve the appearance of skin conditions such as:

  • Age spots
  • Scars
  • Sun-damaged skin
  • Wrinkles

 

Q: What will happen during non-ablative rejuvenation process?

A: During the procedure, the treatment area is first cleansed. Next, a laser head is passed over the treatment area in a series of horizontal and vertical overlapping passes. Most patients experience a mild prickling or burning sensation during the process. The procedure typically takes 20 to 30 minutes.

 

The fractional lasers used in non-ablative resurfacing use lower energy levels than ablative lasers, which resurface or remove the outer layer of skin completely. Fractional lasers treat the layers of skin under the surface without damaging the surface. Heat from the laser promotes collagen production, which helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. The results, however, are less pronounced than the more aggressive approach of ablative laser resurfacing

 

Q: Which areas can be treated?

A: The abdomen, saddle bags, thighs, back, face, hands, chin, jaw line, neck, arms, and calves can all be safely treated.

 

Q: Can I treat more than one area at a time?

A: It is not recommended to treat more than one area at a time due to the difficulty to excrete the fat from multiple areas and overall treatment being less effective. We recommend completing one area before starting on another treatment location for optimal results.

 

Q: How should I prepare for this procedure?

A: Before the procedure, your CLS will review your medical history and conduct short exam. This is the time for you to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure.

 

Q: What are the potential complications of non-ablative laser rejuvenation?

A: Temporary lightening or darkening of the skin:

  • Scarring
  • Swelling
  • Redness
  • Infection

 

Q: What to expect after the procedure?

A: There is no recovery time following the procedure.

Most patients return to work immediately after the procedure.

 

Q: How much do the treatments cost?

A: The average cost per session ranges from $75 to $250 per treatment, depending on the amount of area being treated. These treatments are usually considered a cosmetic procedure, the cost is not covered by most medical insurance companies.

 

Q: Which payment methods are accepted?

A: We accept Visa and Master Card credit and debit cards, Cash, and online payments.

 

Q: How do I start?

A: Simply schedule your appointment.

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