Fractional Non Ablative Skin Resurfacing

What is the difference between non ablative and ablative lasers?

  • Ablative lasers produce a controlled burning that removes the top layer of the skin, or epidermis, and penetrates deep into the dermis, or lower skin layer.
  • Non-ablative lasers penetrate into the dermis, yet do not burn the skin or remove the epidermis. Thus, non-ablative treatments have a faster healing time than ablative laser treatments.

What is the difference between fractional and non fractional lasers?

The fractional ablative laser preserves portions of healthy tissue surrounding the columns of treated tissue. Because the entire epidermis is not removed, healing occurs much faster than with a traditional NON FRACTIONAL CO2 laser treatment and side effects as post laser Hyperpigmentation and color irregularities are much less commonly seen.

What technology is used by Dr. Manrique?

There are many laser companies in the market. Dr. manrique decided to bring into her practice 1540 Laser Cynosure ICON. It is a fractional Erbium laser. This Fractional laser only treats the targeted problem areas – so the results are focused and effective. As a result, you’ll have smoother, younger-looking skin with even color and improved texture and tone. The risk of post inflammatory HYPERPIGMENTATION with fractional 1540 Erbium laser is substantially less.

What does fractional non ablative laser treats?

Fractional non ablative laser works below the skin’s surface from the top down, addressing imperfections like fine lines, visible photo aging, wrinkles, scarring and age spots. It stimulates your skin’s natural collagen, rejuvenating skin cells below the surface to help smooth the creases and pockets that cause wrinkles and scars. Fractional lasers only treats the targeted problem areas.

How fractional non ablative laser is performed?

Fractional laser is performed under topical anesthesia The sensation most patients describe feeling during a treatment is like having a rubber band snapped lightly on your skin. Some patients say it feels like a sunburn sensation.

How long is the downtime and what is the aftercare?

After a fractional non-ablative laser treatment, you can go back to your normal routine in 24-48 hours. Some patients may experience some temporary mild redness and swelling following a treatment. Dr.Manrique will recommend to you a personalized a post laser skin care routine for optimal results.

It is laser safe?

For a safe and effective treatment, Dr. Manrique uses Skintel Melanin Reader technology, the only FDA-cleared melanin reader. Skintel determines the average melanin density of the skin in a quantitative manner prior to energy-based aesthetic treatments, such as hair removal or skin revitalization. Understanding how much melanin is in the skin helps Dr. Manrique better choose treatment settings for superior results, while minimizing the risk of over-treatment.

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