Ablative vs. Non-Ablative Ablative procedures target both superficial & deeper layers of skin. Light sedation Fewer treatments Brief recovery Non-ablative procedures target tissue under the skin to stimulate collagen production. No sedation Multiple treatments No downtime
Am I a candidate for laser skin resurfacing ? Wrinkles, creases & lines Sun damage Pigmentation problems Scars Loss of skin elasticity
How does ablative resurfacing work? Healing produces new skin unaffected by previous imperfections. Damaged outer layers of skin are vaporized.
Prior to resurfacing…. Sun avoidance & SPF Oral supplements Prescription creams
Your resurfacing procedure… Light sedation 30 to 90 minutes Rubber band “snap” Protective ointment Cool compresses Oral medication Rest Recovery…
After your resurfacing procedure… You will have an average of 3-7 days of “downtime.” During this time, your skin will have a red or bronze appearance and you must apply ointment to keep the skin moist. Dr. Bath will see you the day after for a follow up appointment.
“Downtime” Downtime is social downtime- you will feel fine, but look like you’ve had a laser treatment. This downtime is important to minimize risk of infection. Your face will appear red, bronze, and may have scabbing or oozing. Important to follow aftercare to minimize risks. Next slides follow patients through a resurfacing to illustrate healing and what you can expect.