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Non Ablative Laser Resurfacing For Photoaging

  • There are multiple laser and light source treatments for photoaging. These treatments range in efficacy and side effects.
  • Typically, there is a trade-off between clinical improvement and a concomitant increase in side effects. n
non ablative laser before and after

  • This article examines non-ablative laser resurfacing and, in particular, the use of midinfra red lasers. 
  • Other devices such as intense pulsed light, non-ablative fractional resurfacing lasers, and vascular lasers also achieve nonablative benefits.
  • When used correctly, ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing are both practical rejuvenation tools for the skin. 

Non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation: what is it?

  • Non-ablative skin rejuvenation includes the use of a laser to enhance the appearance of wrinkles, dark spots, and tiny scars by producing heat in the skin without causing damage to the skin's surface. 
  • The heat produced by the laser stimulates collagen formation, leading the skin to tighten and seem healthy.
  • Nonablative lasers are commonly fractionated, delivering heat into the skin in thousands of tiny, deep columns known as microthermal treatment zones, with normal untreated skin intervening. 
  • Because of the fractional method, the skin heals much faster than if the full area was treated. 
  • This method reduces the healing time.
  • In most cases, multiple sessions are required.


What should you do before a non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation treatment?


  • Before attending a non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation treatment you should consult with a board-certified dermatologist to see if the treatment is right for you. You should also avoid sun exposure and use sunscreen for at least two weeks before the treatment.
  • Perfumes, deodorants, and other potentially irritating substances should be avoided in treatment areas.
  • Prior to treatment, avoid consuming aspirin or other blood thinners.

What should I expect with non-ablative laser rejuvenation?

  • To reduce extended swelling, patients should avoid sleeping in the treated area.
  • Redness can be concealed with cosmetics with no detrimental consequences.
  • Cold compresses can be used to relieve discomfort.
  • Most patients are able to return to work shortly following the operation.
  • Keep the treatment area hydrated.
  • After the treatment, prevent exposure to the sun with sunscreen.
  • After having non-ablative laser rejuvenation you can expect your skin to look and feel softer smoother and younger. The treatment can also help to reduce the appearance of fine lines wrinkles and age spots.


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