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If you’re a resident who is interested in laser resurfacing, you’ve probably completed a bit of online research about the topic. And you may have come across the terms ablative lasers and non-ablative lasers. But, what do these terms mean? What’s the difference between the two, and which is the best to rid your face of your unwanted skin irregularities? Read on as Dr. Sikorski of Natural Image OC explains the differences between ablative and non-ablative lasers used in laser resurfacing.

Ablative Lasers

Ablative lasers, including the CO2 and Erbium lasers, are more invasive laser resurfacing treatments. However, they are known to produce the best results. Ablative lasers work by vaporizing the outer layers of the skin so that your newer, more youthful-appearing layers of skin come to the surface. The result is the elimination of many skin irregularities, including scars, acne scars, fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation irregularities. The results of ablative lasers last years.

While ablative lasers, which remove layers of skin and promote the production of collagen, your body’s natural rejuvenation process, are excellent solutions for ridding your face of unwanted irregularities and blemishes, they are harsher treatments for your face than are non-ablative lasers. As a result, you will likely need about 7 to 10 days of recovery time after your treatment, and you may experience redness or swelling, acne, infection, skin color changes or scarring after your ablative laser resurfacing treatment.

Non-Ablative Lasers

Unlike ablative lasers, which work by removing the top layers of your skin, non-ablative lasers work by heating up the desired facial tissue and stimulating the production of collagen, without actually destroying the facial tissue. Types of non-ablative lasers currently available include Fraxel, Thulium, Cutera XLV. These Lasers can work on fine lines and brown pigment.

Because non-ablative lasers are a less invasive laser resurfacing treatment than ablative lasers, you made need multiple sessions to achieve your desired results. However, many patients prefer non-ablative lasers because there is no downtime with this laser resurfacing treatment, though risks do include infection, skin color changes, mild redness or swelling, and blisters or scars.

Which Laser Resurfacing Treatment Type is Right for me – Ablative or non-ablative lasers?

Many residents who are interested in laser resurfacing research the procedure on the Internet to inform themselves about the procedure. And while there’s nothing wrong with looking online for information, the best way you’ll know which treatment option is right for you is by talking to Dr. Sikorski at Natural Image OC directly.

As her practice’s name suggests, Dr. Sikorski is deeply focused on providing her patients with the most natural-looking results possible. She doesn’t want her patients to feel as if they’ve been “done up” but rather refreshed and rejuvenated. During a consultation with Dr. Sikorski, she will evaluate your face and your facial blemishes, explain the different laser options to you, and help guide you to a laser resurfacing treatment option that is best for your unique case.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Sikorski at her Office, call Natural Image OC today.