What does the term “ablative laser resurfacing” mean?
The term “ablative” literally means “to carry away.” In the world of class IV medical lasers, this term refers to treatments wherein the top layers of the skin are removed for the purposes of improving the texture the skin. These treatments involve a certain amount of recovery or “social” downtime depending on the degree of treatment being rendered and the condition being treated. Generally, these more aggressive laser treatments create desired changes to the dermis (the layer below the epidermis) wherein collagen and tissue remodeling takes place. Ablative laser resurfacing at Celibre Medical is performed for patients interested in wrinkle removal, scar removal and acne scar removal.
Ablative laser treatments offer a quicker, more dramatic method of achieving your skin care goals. However, anytime one chooses a more aggressive laser treatment like ablative laser resurfacing, there are potential side effects and/or some discomfort associated with it. On the other hand, non-ablative laser treatments do not involve downtime and generally have far less potential for side effects. The trade off would be more treatments to reach one’s goals and potentially less dramatic results.