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Ablative vs. Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

At Biscayne Dermatology, we are dedicated to providing the most advanced and suitable treatments for our patients. Understanding the different types of laser skin resurfacing—ablative and non-ablative—can help you decide which treatment might be right for you. While we currently offer only non-ablative treatments, it’s helpful to understand both options.

Ablative Laser Resurfacing

Ablative laser skin resurfacing is a treatment that involves removal of the epidermis and even superficial dermal layers to target sign of skin aging.  By using a specific wavelength of light energy, a controlled injury is introduced to the skin that, in turn, stimulates the skin to heal and restructure, promoting the growth of new, smoother skin. This method is very effective for treating deeper wrinkles, significant sun damage, and noticeable scars. Ablative resurfacing is an extensive treatment that requires significant downtime, typically a few weeks, as the skin needs to heal completely. The results can be quite dramatic.

Common types of ablative lasers include:

  • CO2 Lasers: These are used for deeper facial lines, scars, and more severe skin issues.
  • Erbium Lasers: Ideal for treating finer lines and wrinkles, along with other superficial skin concerns.

Non-Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

In contrast, non-ablative resurfacing, which is offered at Biscayne Dermatology, does not remove any skin layers. Instead, it works by heating up the underlying skin tissue to stimulate collagen production and promote cellular renewal. This method is less invasive and requires less recovery time, making it a popular choice for patients seeking a less intensive procedure with minimal downtime.

At Biscayne Dermatology, we offer:

  • Fractional Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing – Fraxel Dual: This state-of-the-art treatment targets both the surface and underlying layers of the skin but does not remove the top layer of skin. It effectively treats minor to moderate skin flaws, improves tone, texture, reduces wrinkles, and fades scars. The Fraxel Dual laser is highly effective for those who need gradual improvement with less recovery time.

Choosing the Right Treatment

Personal Consultation

Choosing the right type of laser treatment depends on several factors, including your skin type, desired results, and your lifestyle needs regarding recovery time. During your initial consultation, Dr. Shagalov will help determine which approach is best suited to your needs.

Customized Treatment Plans

Every treatment plan at Biscayne Dermatology is tailored to the individual. We ensure optimal results by adjusting the treatment to your specific skin conditions and goals to provide effective rejuvenation with appropriate downtime.

Why Choose Non-Ablative Laser Resurfacing at Biscayne Dermatology?

  • Expert Guidance: With Dr. Shagalov’s extensive experience and specialization in non-ablative treatments, you receive expert care tailored specifically to your needs.
  • Less Downtime: Our non-ablative treatments require less downtime, allowing you to return to your daily activities more quickly.
  • Effective Result: We aim to provide significant improvements in skin tone, texture, and overall appearance with treatments that are both effective and gentle.

Schedule Your Appointment

Ready to enhance your skin’s health and appearance with minimal interruption to your busy life? Schedule a consultation at Biscayne Dermatology today to learn more about our non-ablative laser treatments. Let Dr. Shagalov and our team help you achieve beautiful, lasting results with the Fraxel Dual laser. Contact us to discover how we can tailor our treatments to your unique skin needs and aesthetic goals.

At a Glance

Dr. Devorah Shagalov

  • Double Board-Certified Dermatologist
  • Fellowship-Trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeon
  • Recipient of numerous dermatology awards
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