How do Ablative and Non-Ablative Lasers Differ?

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Acne scars are one of the most frustrating and embarrassing skin conditions. While there are many different methods for treating acne scars, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Board-certified family physician Dr. Nasir Mohammedi and the aesthetic team at Bloom Medical Group are proud to offer advanced laser treatments in Whittier, CA.

Lasers can treat many skin issues, including acne scars. Ablative lasers are more effective for deeper scars, while non-ablative lasers are less invasive and allow for faster recovery. Of course, you should meet with a professional in person to discuss the best approach for your needs.

Are you ready to reduce the appearance of acne scars and enjoy smoother, virtually texture-free skin? Read below or call our office to learn more about our cutting-edge acne scar treatments.

What is an ablative laser?

An ablative laser carefully removes the top layer of skin and heats the underlying layers to promote collagen production. Collagen is an essential protein that gives our skin strength and elasticity. Over time, the top layer will eventually regenerate and reveal soft, healthy skin with a more even tone and fewer blemishes.

Ablative lasers tend to be more invasive, but they are effective for treating deeper acne scars. Bloom Medical Group offers options like the Erbium:YAG laser and carbon dioxide (C02) laser to help patients in Whittier, CA achieve the best results.

How do non-ablative lasers work?

Non-ablative lasers are considered less invasive because they do not remove the top layer of skin. Instead, they penetrate the skin's surface to generate heat and promote collagen growth. Since the top layer is still intact, there is less downtime after treatment.

Non-ablative lasers are also popular because they are easier to tolerate than their ablative counterparts. Side effects like redness only last up to 20 minutes, and many of our patients wear makeup and cosmetics almost immediately after their appointment. Bloom Medical Group uses The Matrix IR™ by Syneron™ for non-ablative acne scar treatment.

Should I get ablative or non-ablative laser treatment?

Patients considering laser scar removal should discuss their options with a professional, like Dr. Mohammedi. A consultation is the best time to review your skin type, expectations, and how much downtime you're willing to experience.

As we mentioned, ablative lasers are more effective for deep acne scars caused by years of damage. But that doesn't mean non-ablative lasers aren't helpful in some situations. Many patients with less severe scarring see great results with non-ablative treatments. Bloom Medical Group uses this method to fill in unwanted pockmarks and ice pick scars from the bottom up.

No matter the severity of your acne scars, there's a solution. Dr. Mohammedi can create a personalized acne scar treatment plan so you can enjoy beautiful, glowing skin.

Reduce acne scars with lasers

Don't let acne scars and other skin blemishes prevent you from enjoying a smooth and healthy complexion. Dr. Nasir Mohammedi and the team at Bloom Medical Group are committed to helping patients of all needs and backgrounds in Whittier, CA, find treatments that work for their unique needs. Contact our office to schedule a skin assessment and learn more about laser scar removal today.

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