In addition to traditional ablative resurfacing, we also offer nonablative skin resurfacing, allowing us to improve the appearance of fine rhytides, sun damage, and superficial scarring. The advantage to nonablative procedures is that they can be done quickly, simply, and without any downtime whatsoever. The improvement is more gradual, as repeated treatments are required.
This is accomplished by heating the dermal collagen without causing prolonged redness or healing of the epidermis.
Before & After Photos
During your consultation visit, we will discuss all the options available to reach your desired result, and together decide which of our skin resurfacing choices is right for you.
Precautions To Take Before Your Non Ablative Treatment
- Sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher should be regularly applied to the treatment area and throughout treatment. This can prevent hyperpigmentation from occurring.
- Please let the physician know if you have a history of herpes simplex infection (cold sores) on your lips or other areas of your face.
Precautions To Take Following Ablative Laser Resurfacing Treatment
- Following treatment, the area can be cleansed by soaking with lukewarm water approximately every two hours for ten minutes. Gently pat dry, and then apply Aquaphor ointment to the entire treated surface.
DO NOT SKIP ANY AREA. On subsequent days, soak the face four times a day. Continue this regimen for at least 7 days or until fully healed.
- Immediately after skin resurfacing surgery, there may be swelling of the skin, especially if the cheek, nose, or eyelids have been treated. The swelling subsides in 3 to 7 days. Frequent applications of ice packs on the swollen area(s) may be used to reduce the swelling. The ice pack should be wrapped in a soft cloth and applied to the treated area for 30 minutes every hour. The head should be elevated on several pillows while sleeping.
DO NOT LIE FLAT.
- Avoid strenuous exercise, heavy lifting, intense sunlight, and extreme heat and wind. After the crusting resolves, a sunscreen must be used when going outside for at least six months following the procedure.
NO SUNBATHING DURING THIS PERIOD.
- Makeup may be applied after the crusting resolves. Be careful in applying the makeup, and remove the makeup gently.
- Patients are allowed to take showers, but rubbing the area with a washcloth or towel should be avoided. Gently pat areas dry instead, as the area may be extremely delicate.
- Any discomfort experienced can be treated with Tylenol. A stronger pain reliever may be prescribed if required.
- Notify us at once, if any new sores or erosions develop, fever, or new areas of tenderness occur.