Laser skin renewal has many benefits. It can treat a wide variety of skin conditions in a non-surgical manner, with minimal side effects and recovery time. However, there are many kinds of laser skin renewal, each with its own pros and cons. Pros and cons of skin lasers include the amount of recovery time, the types of conditions each laser can treat, and the potential side effects. The two main types of laser for the skin are ablative and non-ablative. Both have benefits and drawbacks that should be discussed in detail with your experienced, board-certified dermatologist. Dr. Melda Isaac of MI Skin Dermatology offers many kinds of lasers for many kinds of skin types, and will have a thorough consultation with each of her patients before deciding on a customized treatment plan for optimal results.
Pros and Cons of Skin Lasers
Ablative lasers create microscopic injuries in a regular pattern in order to stimulate collagen production and kick-start new skin cell creation. The main benefit of ablative lasers is that dramatic results can be seen in as little as one or two treatment sessions. However, the downtime required after an ablative skin resurfacing treatment is much longer than that of a non-ablative laser. Because ablative lasers actually damage the skin, recovery can take five to seven days. On the other hand, non-ablative lasers require much less downtime – depending on the laser, downtime can be anywhere from two days to two hours. Non-ablative lasers also require more sessions for optimal results, though. Generally non-ablative lasers will take anywhere from three to six sessions for the best results. Ultimately, whether to choose an ablative or non-ablative laser is up to the patient and their personal goals for treatment.
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