The Difference Between Ablative and Nonablative Laser Therapy

The Difference Between Ablative and Nonablative Laser Therapy

When you were young, each day seemed like an eternity. But as you’ve gotten older, the days seem to fly by before you know it. While experience and wisdom are two perks of getting older, there are also drawbacks – sun damage, wrinkles, and pigmentation, for example.

Laser treatments are one of the most popular procedures to restore younger-looking skin, with 4.4 million treatments performed in 2019 alone. If you’ve done any research on laser treatments, you probably know there are many different kinds, Halo™  and BroadBand Light (BBL)™ by Sciton®, being two of them. For the average person, it can seem like too much information and jargon to handle when you just want better skin.

Laser treatments are often divided into two categories – ablative and non-ablative lasers. Depending on what type of skin you have and what issues you’d like to improve, one laser may be better than the other. Shantique Med Spa, located in Torrance California, is here to describe the difference between ablative and non-ablative lasers so you can decide which is best for you.

How non-ablative lasers work

Non-ablative lasers heat the underlying layer of skin to ramp up collagen production and cellular turnover to plump your skin. They use a targeted wavelength to penetrate deep into your skin, healing it from the inside out, without harming the top layer. Most patients need a series of 2-4 treatments to get the results they want.

Non-ablative lasers treat:

BBL is our preferred method of non-ablative laser technology used by Shahinaz Soliman, MD. This technology has a broad spectrum of wavelengths to treat a variety of skin concerns, skin colors, and textures. BBL is most commonly used on the face but can be safely used on other areas like the chest, hands, and more.

All about ablative lasers

The purpose of ablative laser treatment is to remove the top layers of skin, where aging-related cosmetic issues are most visible. More invasive than non-ablative lasers, this treatment provides more dramatic results that last for up to five years.

Ablative lasers work by administering an intense wavelength of light through the top layer of skin, resurfacing the dull, old layer and whisking away sun damage. The treatment stimulates the dermis, to help encourage collagen production, and smooth away wrinkles.

Ablative lasers treat:

Halo™ is the first hybrid fractional laser combining non-ablative and ablative laser technologies to give you two powerful treatments in one. 

Which one is best for me?

There are a couple of factors to consider when deciding between the BBL or Halo laser.

BBL is often the first choice for people who are looking to get multiple areas treated in one session. For patients with a mild to moderate degree of aging, BBL is a good option because it is a flexible and fast treatment, while also cost-effective. BBL has no downtime so it's a great option for people who can’t afford to take off of work for treatment.

Halo laser treatment is the best option for people who want dramatic results in their complexion and can afford a 4-7 day recovery time. Halo laser provides great results for patients with moderate to severe aging who only want to do 1-2 treatments. 

Stop wondering what laser treatments can do for you and find out today. Call 310-530-7244 to schedule your consultation or book online.

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