Ablative vs. Non-Ablative Fractional Laser: 5 Things to Know

Suffering from lines, wrinkles acne scars, or sun damage? We’ve chosen Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing as our go-to solution for effectively treating and improving the appearance of damaged skinFractional Laser Skin Resurfacing is a technology developed to help correct the signs of aging. 
When it comes to laser skin-resurfacing treatments there are many devices available for treatment. While its is not necessary to understand all the multitude of little differences between each device, there are 5 important things you should know. Fractional laser (1)


1. It is important to know if the resurfacing laser is ablative or non-ablative.

There are two types of Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing, ablative and non-ablative. Ablative means it will remove or vaporize tissue, whereas non-ablative means it will damage or disrupt the skin. We use the non-ablative treatment as this is the most comfortable treatment, with the least amount of recovery time. 


2. All skin-resurfacing lasers are fractional.

Fractional means they only treat a portion of the skin, and not ALL of the skin. 


3. How Laser Skin-Resurfacing works 

Laser skin-resurfacing works by pushing tiny laser pinpoints into the skin in a dot pattern to create an injury. The healthy tissue, not touched by the laser, around this injury helps speed up recovery and supports the healing process.


 4. The energy from the laser targets water in your skin and then heats this water to a certain temperature.

Depending on the temperature, either skin coagulation or ablation occurs. Coagulation happens at lower temperatures and is the equivalent to slight damage or disruption in the skin. Ablation happens at hotter temperatures where vaporization of the tissue occurs.


5. Vaporization vs. Coagulation


Vaporization of the tissue is better for thick skin like the cheeks and around the mouth, where coagulation is better for thinner skin such as that around the eyes.


Ready to combat wrinkles and begin your wrinkle reduction journey with Fractional Skin Resurfacing Treatments? Learn more about fractional laser resurfacing on our website.

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