Non-ablative lasers are named to be in contrast to the ablative (removing of skin) lasers. The ablative lasers are the carbon dioxide (CO 2 or Erbium:YAG lasers). These lasers strip off thin layers of skin leaving a very controlled wound behind. These wounds heal over a few days to a week resulting in a dramatic improvement in skin texture and appearance. However, with the ablative lasers there are significant down times and greater risks than are associated with the non-ablative lasers. The typical non-ablative lasers stimulate regeneration of new collagen without producing a wound. There is usually no down time associated with these lasers.
There are two main types of non-ablative lasers, the vascular lasers and the infrared lasers. The vascular lasers improve spider veins and redness, brown spots such as freckles, enlarged pores and fine lines/wrinkles. The infrared lasers may do a better job on enlarged pores and fine lines and wrinkles in some cases, but do not address unwanted pigment or blood vessels. Often a combination of these two types of lasers is the best approach to treat photodamaged skin. These lasers also do a great job of treating acne scarring.
To answer your specific questions or schedule a consultation, call Dr. Bernstein today at 610-645-5551. Please also visit the Patient’s Guide to Wrinkles, a great informational resource for a variety of skin rejuvenation treatment options, pricing and provides a list of pre-qualified providers nationwide.
Dr. Bernstein was the FIRST physician in the WORLD to get the Candela V-Beam/Perfecta laser and has published extensively on its use for the treatment of rosacea, spider veins, port-wine stains, scars, and facial rejuvenation.
Dr. Bernstein performed a research study for Solta, makers of the Fraxel Dual, to further knowledge of this innovative treatment. The Fraxel Dual is one of Dr. Bernstein’s leading treatments for photodamage and acne scarring, and is the market leader in fractionated or pixelated lasers.
Dr. Bernstein was the first physician in the United States to get the Fraxel Permea Clear and Brilliant to treat patients with wrinkles.