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Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

Ablative laser skin resurfacing removes outer layers of skin with precision to be replaced with new, smoother, tighter skin. There are two main types of ablative laser treatments, each with its own advantages, and the clinicians at Skinspirations have safely performed over 1,500 laser resurfacing treatments so you can be sure you're in good hands. 

Types of Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

Diagram illustrating the difference between full and fractionated ablative laser resurfacing

Full-field laser resurfacing removes the entire surface of the area being treated down to a pre-determined depth while fractionated ablative resurfacing vaporizes columns of tissue, leaving the spaces between columns intact.

Full-field resurfacing can smooth out etched lines in the skin and remove sun damage, raised pigmentation, and benign growths. It can also produce tightening of the skin when large areas are treated. Although the healing can take 7 to 10 days and redness can persist for months, full-field resurfacing can produce the most dramatic results with just one treatment. There is a higher risk of post-treatment infection and potentially permanent pigment changes associated with ablative full-field resurfacing.

Fractional ablative laser resurfacing vaporizes columns in the skin down to a pre-determined depth and percentage of columns, leaving intact skin between each column. The intact skin left in place releases healing factors that help the treated area heal much faster than with full-field resurfacing. Because the entire surface of the skin isn't being removed, the depth of the columns being vaporized can be deeper than what's possible when the full surface is removed.

With ablative fractional resurfacing, crepey skin and fine lines can be smoothed out with only 5 to 7 days of downtime and with less risk of pigment changes or infection. Up to 20% of boxcar and icepick acne scars and surgical scars can be replaced with normal skin with each fractional ablative laser treatment.

Unlike full-field resurfacing, fractional resurfacing can be done anywhere on the body and in every skin type.

With aggressive treatments like ablative laser resurfacing, it's obviously important to have them done by a practitioner with extensive medical and laser resurfacing experience. Dr. Cynthia Elliott has not only been performing laser skin resurfacing treatments since 2008, but she also has over 15 years of experience in emergency and trauma medicine and is a certified laser trainer. With over 8 years of laser resurfacing experience, Kate Dellangelo, DNP is also extremely proficient in performing the procedure safely.  

Skinspirations' multiple laser resurfacing treatment options (described in more detail by following the links below), can improve wrinkles, "crinkles" (like fine "smoker's lines"), crepy skin anywhere on the body, sun damage, rough texture, some types of scars, and can remove raised brown spots & benign skin growths.

If you would like to learn more about whether a laser resurfacing treatment is the right choice for your appearance goals, schedule a complimentary consultation at Skinspirations by registering online here or by calling 727-571-1923.

Fractional Ablative Laser Skin Resurfacing

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Fractionated ablative lasers like the Sciton Profractional at Skinspirations have revolutionized the treatment of fine lines, wrinkles, poor texture, stretch marks and scars. It's finally possible to look 5-10 years younger after just 2 treatments and with only 4-5 days of social down time.

Ablative Full-Field Laser Resurfacing

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Laser Resurfacing can be done over the entire face or only to those areas where fine lines may be prominent, such as around the eyes or mouth. Since often one area of the face like the eyes can make people assume you're older, treating that single area can take 10 years off of your appearance in one hour.

Laser Peel

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The Sciton Laser Peel vaporizes off more of the outer layers of skin than the MicroLaserPeel, but not as much as full layer deep resurfacing. It's ideal for replacing crepey thin skin such as around the eyes with smooth, new skin.


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A LaserMicroPeel vaporizes away the outer 20 - 50 microns of treated skin to improve texture, sun damage, pore size appearance and fine lines. Unlike deeper Laser Peels, they can be done on any part of the body and are an excellent choice for removing sun damaged skin from the neck and chest.