For several decades, cosmetic surgeons have been treating wrinkles, sun damage and skin imperfections with resurfacing lasers. They literally repave the road of the skin by selectively destroying damaged tissue and stimulating the production of new skin.
Ablative Resurfacing refers to the physical destruction of existing skin. In general, ablative resurfacing has longer recovery times and a higher risk profile. Ablative laser potentially gives the best clinical results as well. The CO2 and Erbium ablative lasers are examples of these.
Non Ablative Resurfacing refers to heating up of tissue without removing it completely. The delivery of heat generally stimulates collagen production. In general these lasers such as the SmoothBeam, The Medlite, CoolTouch, and N-lite take several treatments, have minimal to no downtime and have modest clinical results.
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