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Non-Ablative Laser Treatment


The Gentle Solution for Skin Rejuvenation and the Future of Dermatology

As we journey through life, our skin bears the silent witness to our experiences, often leaving traces of our trials and tribulations, joys, and sorrows. Perhaps you’ve noticed these signs and felt a twinge of uncertainty or even dismay. You’re not alone. Many of us carry insecurities linked to our skin’s appearance. Whether it’s premature wrinkles, fine lines, age spots, or uneven skin texture, these slight imperfections can significantly impact our self-esteem and confidence. But what if you could gently fade these unwelcome reminders of time and stress, and let your skin echo the vibrancy of your spirit instead? With non-ablative lasers, you can. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, we’re committed to helping you regain not just your skin’s vitality but also the confidence that comes with it. We believe in the power of reinvention and renewal, and through our cutting-edge, non-ablative laser treatments, you can embark on a path to a renewed self-perception and confidence, redefining your relationship with your skin.

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Advantages of Non-Ablative Lasers

Addressing the unwelcome changes that sun damage, aging, and other factors bring to your skin.
Stimulates natural collagen production
Minimal to no recovery time
Less invasive than ablative lasers
Minimal discomfort during treatment
Suitable for various skin types
Reduces wrinkles and skin unevenness
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Unlock age-defying transformations with the tailored expertise of Dr. Kat Kesty, a pioneer in laser cosmetic dermatology

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Broadest selection of lasers in Florida (25+)
One of a handful of fellowship trained laser surgeons in the nation
Customized treatments merge science & artistry

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Non-Ablative Lasers: The Painless Route to Healthier Skin

In the vast field of medical aesthetics, particularly Dermatology, non-ablative lasers are gaining popularity for their outstanding results. These versatile tools are shifting the conventional approach to reversing the aging process and achieving a remarkable improvement in skin health and appearance.

The Gentleness and Efficacy of Non-Ablative Lasers

There are two types of lasers: ablative and non-ablative. Ablative laser treatments precisely remove layers of the skin surface causing a controlled injury that ultimately promotes the healing process and skin rejuvenation. The ablation of the upper layers of the skin can cause temporary redness (erythema), swelling (edema), and pain. Unlike their ablative counterparts, non-ablative lasers use targeted light beams and work beneath the surface of the skin, stimulating collagen production to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging without causing any significant damage to the skin’s surface. This process results in minimal downtime, making non-ablative laser treatments a convenient option for individuals with a busy lifestyle. Non-ablative lasers are renowned for their minimally invasive approach to skin rejuvenation.

The Advantages of Non-Ablative Laser Treatment

One of the primary benefits of non-ablative laser treatment is the minimal recovery time compared to other cosmetic procedures. As these lasers do not break the skin’s surface, the healing period is usually shorter. Moreover, non-ablative lasers offer a gentler treatment approach, making them a suitable choice for individuals with a lower pain threshold or those seeking gradual changes over time.

Understanding Non-Ablative Lasers: How They Work

Non ablative lasers work by emitting wavelengths that target the dermis, the deeper layer of skin, while leaving the epidermis, the skin’s outer layer, untouched. This approach stimulates the body’s natural healing process, leading to increased collagen production as new skin forms, which in turn tightens the skin and improves its overall appearance. Non-ablative lasers are known for their efficacy in treating wrinkles, acne scars, age spots, and uneven skin tone.

Types Of Non-Ablative Lasers

Fractionated Lasers

As a revolutionary advancement in laser technology, fractionated lasers employ a myriad of microbeams to treat discrete sections of skin, ensuring faster recovery while effectively mitigating skin concerns like wrinkles and acne scars. This fractional approach offers an optimal balance of results and recovery, ideal for those seeking visible improvement without significant downtime.

  • Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 Laser: The Fraxel DUAL 1550/1927 Laser is a unique, two-wavelength device that revolutionizes non-ablative treatments. With two distinct wavelengths, it targets both surface imperfections and deeper skin layers to address a multitude of skin concerns, from fine lines and wrinkles to acne scarring, offering a comprehensive solution for skin rejuvenation. The Fraxel Dual has over 150 randomized controlled trial scientific papers published in various research review sites including Lasers Surg Med, Lasers Med Sci, Dermatologic Surgery, Cosmet Laser Ther, and JAAD. These papers demonstrate this nonablative fractional laser resurfacing laser’s efficacy in treating brown spots, acne scar, fine lines, crepey skin, facial skin resurfacing, pitted facial scars, atrophic acne scars, significant facial aging, improving skin elasticity, and improving skin texture.

  • Halo Laser: The Halo Laser, a pioneering hybrid fractional laser, merges the power of both ablative (erbium laser) and non-ablative wavelengths to the identical microscopic treatment area. This merging of technologies enables it to effectively combat skin damage at various depths, yielding significant improvements in skin texture, tone, mild wrinkles, and clarity.

Intense Pulse Light

Intense Pulse Light is a device that can be used to target red spots, brown spots, fine lines, and sun damage. This nonablative device does not affect the upper layers of the skin, so rejuvenation is possible with minimal downtime and virtually no pain. The Intense Pulse Light is an intense beam of light that targets the normal skin and reverses the signs and symptoms of sun exposure.

Pulsed-Dye Lasers (PDL)

Pulsed-Dye Lasers have carved a niche for themselves in treating vascular lesions, such as broken capillaries, rosacea, and red birthmarks. By directing laser heat towards the blood vessels, they trigger shrinkage, effectively reducing the visibility of these lesions and improving skin complexion.

Q-Switched Lasers

Q-switched lasers stand at the forefront of tattoo removal technology. Emitting high-energy light in brief pulses, these lasers shatter the tattoo pigment particles within the skin, facilitating their elimination by the body and leading to the effective removal of undesired ink. These lasers can also remove brown spots on the skin such as moles or solar lentigos.

Alexandrite Laser

Alexandrite Lasers are renowned for its precision and ability to treat a wide array of skin conditions. It’s high absorption rate in melanin makes it especially effective for laser hair removal, especially on lighter to olive skin tones, while its capacity to target superficial skin structures also makes it suitable for treating pigment lesions, sun spots, and age spots.

Diode Laser

These non ablative treatments are celebrated for its versatility and efficiency in treating a variety of skin conditions. It’s particularly well-regarded for laser hair removal, as its longer wavelength allows for deeper penetration into the skin and effective treatment of darker and coarser hair across multiple skin types. In addition to hair removal, the Diode Laser is also utilized for skin rejuvenation, treating vascular lesions, and pigmented lesions

Nd:YAG Laser

Neodymium-doped Yttrium Aluminum Garnet) laser is a type of non-ablative laser, frequently used in dermatology and cosmetic procedures. It is often used for laser hair removal, particularly for individuals with darker skin tones, and can also treat vascular lesions, pigmented lesions, and promote collagen production in the skin for rejuvenation and anti-aging treatments. This nonablative laser treatment leaves the top layers of the skin intact (the stratum corneum) and the laser beam targets the underlying skin tissue as the laser heats the deeper structures of the skin.

Fractional Technology: The Future of Non-Ablative Laser Treatments

Current laser resurfacing technologies include both fractional and non-fractional lasers. Many nonablative fractional resurfacing lasers now use fractional technology, delivering light in tiny microbeams to create columns of heat within the skin, sparing the surrounding tissue. Fractional lasers offers the benefits of both traditional ablative lasers and non-ablative lasers, providing substantial skin improvement with less downtime. Fractional technology uses laser beams of energy called fractional laser photothermolysis to cause microscopic areas of injury to the skin called microthermal treatment zones. These areas treated with fractional resurfacing promotes cellular renewal as part of the normal healing process, which can significantly improve the appearance of the new skin that forms and reverse the signs of skin aging and sun damaged skin.

Non-Ablative Lasers Risks: Reduced with Dr. Kesty's Smart Approach

While non-ablative lasers bring a host of advantages to skin rejuvenation, like all medical procedures, they also come with potential risks. Patients may experience temporary side effects such as mild redness, swelling, or minor discomfort in the treated area. These side effects, though typically mild, resolve within a few days. It is also important to note that achieving optimal results from non-ablative lasers often requires multiple treatment sessions, and the skin improvement is more gradual compared to ablative laser treatments.

In these circumstances, choosing an expert in the field becomes crucial to minimize the risks and optimize the outcomes of the treatment, and this is where Dr. Kesty shines. As a double board-certified and fellowship-trained laser surgeon, Dr. Kesty brings her comprehensive knowledge and years of experience in managing various skin conditions using non-ablative lasers. Her expertise can greatly reduce the potential risks associated with these treatments.

Choosing the Right Professional for Your Non-Ablative Laser Treatment

When considering non-ablative laser treatment, it is crucial to consult with a Physician experienced in laser surgery. The right specialist can provide personalized treatment recommendations based on your skin type, concerns, and desired results.

Dr. Kesty at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser is the ideal choice for those seeking professional, experienced, and individualized care.

As a Double Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Laser Surgeon, Dr. Kesty is equipped with a wealth of experience in laser surgery. She offers a comprehensive and personalized approach to skin rejuvenation, tailoring treatment recommendations based on your unique skin type, concerns, and desired results. Dr. Kesty also has at her disposal a complete array of state-of-the-art lasers at the clinic she founded, St. Petersburg Skin and Laser.

Dr. Kesty’s profound understanding of the intricacies of skin and the transformative power of non-ablative lasers allow her to use her proficiency to adapt treatments for each patient. This tailored approach doesn’t just ensure optimal results; it also makes your journey towards healthier skin a comfortable and reassuring experience.

By choosing Dr. Kesty, you’re not only investing in an aesthetic improvement but also partnering with a medical professional who is dedicated to your skin health and satisfaction. This is what sets her apart and makes her the correct choice for your non-ablative laser treatments.

The Promise of Non-Ablative Lasers with Dr. Kesty at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser

With their gentle approach and promising results, non-ablative lasers offer a compelling solution for those seeking to enhance their skin’s appearance. At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, Dr. Kesty and her team are dedicated to providing exceptional non-ablative laser treatments.

Dr. Kesty, a Double Board Certified Dermatologist and one of a handful of Fellowship Trained Laser Surgeons in the United States, offers a comprehensive understanding of skin conditions and the transformative potential of non-ablative lasers. She uses her expertise to customize treatments for each patient, focusing on their unique needs and goals.

At St. Petersburg Skin and Laser, the team believes that the journey to better skin is not just about the treatment itself. It is also about patient education and empowerment. We take the time to ensure that each patient is well-informed about the procedure, what to expect, and how to care for their skin afterward.

Safety is paramount at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser. The application of cutting-edge technology, combined with the team’s extensive training, ensures that each procedure is carried out with precision, keeping your comfort and well-being as a top priority. Only Board Certified Dermatologists do Lasers (and any other cosmetic procedure) at St. Petersburg Skin and Laser.

Choose St. Petersburg Skin and Laser for your non-ablative laser treatments and experience the combination of science, care, and artistry that will take your skincare journey to the next level.

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FAQs about Non-Ablative Lasers

Are non-ablative lasers used for facial photorejuvenation?

Yes, non-ablative lasers are commonly used for facial rejuvenation. Non-ablative laser therapy uses targeted light energy to stimulate collagen production and cell turnover beneath the skin without damaging the outer skin surface. This results in significant improvements in skin tone, texture, and firmness for a smoother, more youthful appearance.

Some of the ways non-ablative lasers rejuvenate facial skin include:

Tightening skin by stimulating collagen production. As we age, collagen breaks down leading to skin laxity. Non-ablative lasers generate new collagen to provide skin firming.

Reducing fine lines and wrinkles. As new collagen forms, it helps plump up skin and smooth away fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eyes and mouth. Deeper wrinkles may be softened but not eliminated.

Improving skin tone and texture. Treatment promotes collagen and elastin production, increasing skin thickness and improving tone for a smoother, healthier glow. Pore size also appears reduced.

Fading age spots and sun damage. Non-ablative lasers deliver enough energy to fade accumulated pigment and age spots on the face, neck, and hands. It does not ablate away freckles but helps even out skin tone over time.

Tightening pores. The production of new collagen helps tighten pores in addition to tightening skin. Pore size is visibly reduced, especially when multiple treatments are performed.

Refreshing skin surface. While non-ablative laser does not remove outer skin layers, the controlled dermal wounding that stimulates collagen does lead to fresher, rejuvenated skin. Skin takes on a smoother, radiant appearance as new cells rise to the surface.

How does non-ablative laser treatment differ from ablative laser treatment?

Non-ablative lasers work underneath the surface of the skin, promoting the production of new collagen and elastin, which help to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines over time. In contrast, ablative lasers (erbium and co2) remove the top layer of skin to reveal fresher, younger-looking skin beneath.

What body parts can a non-ablative laser be use on?

Non-ablative lasers can be used on various parts of the body, not just the face. They are commonly used for rejuvenation and treatment of skin issues on the neck, chest, hands, and arms.

What is the recovery time for non-ablative laser treatment?

Recovery time after non-ablative laser treatment is generally minimal, with most patients able to return to their normal activities immediately after the procedure. Mild redness or swelling can occur but usually subsides within a few days.

Are there any side effects to non-ablative laser treatments?

Some temporary side effects may include redness, swelling, and mild discomfort in the treated area. However, these usually resolve within a few days and can be managed with ice packs or over-the-counter pain relievers if necessary.

How many treatments will I need?

The number of treatments needed can vary based on the specific skin concern and the desired results. On average, patients require multiple sessions spaced a few weeks apart for optimal results.

Can non-ablative laser treatments be used on all skin types?

Yes, non-ablative lasers can be used on all skin types. However, the specific type of non-ablative laser used may vary depending on the patient’s skin type and condition.

What should I expect during the treatment?

During the procedure, the skin is cleaned, and a cooling gel may be applied to ensure comfort. The laser is then passed over the treatment area. Most patients describe the sensation as a gentle warming or tingling.

Will I need to use ice packs after the treatment?

It is not typically necessary to use ice packs after a non-ablative laser resurfacing treatment. Since the treatment does not damage the outer layer of skin, there is usually only minor irritation and anesthesia is not necessary. However, some redness and swelling is common, and icing the area may provide some comfort. Exfoliants should be avoided after any laser treatment.

What is the cost of non-ablative laser treatments?

The cost of non-ablative laser treatments can vary based on the size and location of the treatment area, the number of treatments needed, and the specific type of non-ablative laser used. A consultation with a Physician will provide a more accurate cost estimate.

Is the non-ablative laser treatment painful?

Most patients report minimal discomfort during non-ablative laser treatment. The sensation is often described as a slight prickling or warmth. For sensitive areas, the physician may apply a topical anesthetic to ensure the patient’s comfort.

Can non-ablative laser treatment be used to treat hyperpigmentation in dark skin tones?

Yes, certain non-ablative lasers are effective for treating hyperpigmentation in dark skin tones. However, care must be taken to select the right laser and parameters to reduce the risk of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation (a potential adverse effect in certain fitzpatrick skin types). Consultation with a skilled Dermatologist is essential for choosing the appropriate treatment and decrease the risk of any complication as the human body heals.

 Can non-ablative lasers treat photoaging?

 Yes, non-ablative lasers can effectively treat photoaging. By stimulating the production of new collagen and elastin in the skin, these lasers can improve the appearance of wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots, all of which are common signs of photoaging.

Can non-ablative lasers treat actinic elastosis?

 Non-ablative lasers can effectively treat actinic elastosis, a skin condition associated with chronic sun exposure. By targeting the dermis, these lasers stimulate the production of new collagen and elastin, helping to improve skin texture and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of sun damage.

Can non-ablative lasers treat acne?

 Non-ablative lasers can help to reduce the appearance of acne scars by stimulating collagen production and improving the texture of the skin. Some types of non-ablative lasers may also be able to decrease inflammation and kill the bacteria that cause acne, helping to reduce active breakouts. Laser treatment can be a part of a comprehensive acne treatment plan that can be customized to your unique skin and cosmetic goals.

Can non-ablative laser treatment improve the appearance of keloids?

Non-ablative laser treatment can improve the texture and color of keloid scars. Always consult with a qualified Dermatologist to discuss the best treatment options for your specific case.

Does skin color affect the result of non-ablative laser treatment?

 Human skin color can influence the results of non-ablative laser treatment. Darker skin tones can be more prone to pigment changes, including hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation. However, many lasers, like the Fraxel Dual and Nd:YAG, can safely and effectively treat all skin types when used correctly.

What is the connection between wavelength and non-ablative laser treatment?

 The specific wavelength emitted by a non-ablative laser determines its penetration depth into the skin cells and its target within the skin tissue. This allows the laser to selectively treat different skin issues without causing harm to the surrounding tissue.

 How does a laser diode work in a non-ablative laser treatment?

In non-ablative laser treatment, a laser diode generates a specific wavelength of light energy that penetrates the skin without damaging the surface (epidermis). This energy stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis, improving the skin’s elasticity and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and scars as the wound heals.

What is the role of collagen in non-ablative laser treatment?

Collagen is a key protein in our skin tissue that provides structure and elasticity. Non-ablative laser treatments stimulate the body’s natural collagen production, promoting skin regeneration and resulting in tighter, smoother, and more youthful-looking skin.

What is the role of the protein elastin in non-ablative laser treatment?

Elastin, a protein in the skin that allows it to resume its shape after stretching or contracting, plays a significant role in non-ablative laser treatment. The treatment stimulates the production of collagen and elastin in the dermis, resulting in smoother and tighter skin over time.

How do non-ablative lasers differ from intense pulsed light (IPL) in terms of energy wavelength?

Non-ablative lasers and intense pulsed light (IPL) both use light energy, but the primary difference lies in the wavelength. Non-ablative lasers use a single, concentrated wavelength to target specific skin issues, while IPL uses a broad spectrum of light wavelengths to treat a variety of skin concerns.

Are there any risks associated with non-ablative laser treatment like infection or scarring?

As a non-invasive medical procedure, non-ablative laser treatment has lower risks compared to other dermatological treatments. However, possible side effects include redness, swelling, and a small risk of infection or scarring. It’s essential to follow post-treatment care instructions to minimize these risks.

Is there a risk of infection with non-ablative laser treatment?

 While the risk of infection from non-ablative laser treatment is low, it can occur if post-treatment care instructions are not followed. It’s crucial to keep the treated area clean and avoid unnecessary touching or picking to prevent introducing bacteria to the skin.

 Can non-ablative lasers increase the risk of sunburn?

Non-ablative lasers target the dermis without harming the epidermis. However, the skin may be more sensitive to sun exposure post-treatment, increasing the risk of sunburn. Therefore, it is essential to apply broad-spectrum sunscreen post-treatment and limit sun exposure. It’s important to protect the treated area from sun exposure by using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF), wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sunlight hours when ultraviolet rays are harshest.

Can people with a history of fungal infections undergo non-ablative laser treatment?

A history of fungal infections doesn’t automatically exclude someone from receiving non-ablative laser treatments. However, it’s essential to disclose all medical history to the physician before treatment. They can assess your situation and ensure the procedure is safe and effective for your specific skin condition.

Can a non-ablative laser cause skin damage?

 A non-ablative laser is a safe and effective medical procedure when used correctly by a trained professional. Although the risk of skin damage is minimal, as with any laser treatment, potential side effects can occur, including pigment changes, infection, or scarring. Post-treatment care and sun protection are crucial in preventing these adverse effects.

Is there a risk of infection with non-ablative laser treatment?

 While the risk of infection from non-ablative laser treatment is low, it can occur if post-treatment care instructions are not followed. It is crucial to keep the treated area clean and avoid unnecessary touching or picking to prevent introducing bacteria to the skin.

Can one undergo non-ablative laser treatment while pregnant?

 While non-ablative laser treatments are generally considered safe, it is generally recommended to postpone cosmetic procedures until after pregnancy and nursing due to potential unknown risks to the fetus and changes in skin pigmentation that can occur during pregnancy. Always consult with a Physician before undergoing any medical or cosmetic procedures while pregnant.

Are there any contraindications to non-ablative laser therapy?

 Contraindications to non-ablative laser treatment include active skin infections, use of certain medications, a history of poor wound healing, certain skin conditions, and pregnancy.

• Active infections – Laser treatment should be avoided if there are any active skin infections like herpes simplex virus or bacterial infection. Treatment can be done once the infection has cleared.

• Uncontrolled diabetes – High blood sugar levels can affect wound healing and skin recovery. Diabetes needs to be well-controlled before pursuing laser therapy.

• Collagen vascular diseases – Conditions like lupus, scleroderma, and other autoimmune diseases can also complicate laser resurfacing and healing. Laser may not be recommended, or only be done under medical guidance.

• Sunburn – Recent sun exposure or sunburn damages the skin and alters laser penetration and absorption. Treatment should be delayed until the skin has fully healed from any sun damage or burn.

• Keloid scarring – Patients prone to keloid scar formation may develop abnormal scarring from laser therapy. Laser treatment may not be advised for areas with existing keloids.

• Skin sensitivity – Extremely sensitive skin types may not tolerate laser well and can have prolonged redness and irritation. Lower intensity treatment settings may be needed, or laser may not be suitable.

• Medications – Some medications like isotretinoin can thin the outer layer of skin and affect laser treatment. Laser may need to be delayed depending on the medication and dosage. Your doctor will review any medications you’re taking.

For any chronic medical conditions, be sure to discuss your full medical history with your Dermatologist before proceeding with laser resurfacing treatment. They can determine if any contraindications exist and recommend any needed precautions to ensure safe and effective treatment. It is crucial to discuss your medical history and any current medications with your Physician before undergoing non-ablative laser treatment.

When can I begin wearing makeup after a non-ablative laser treatment?

After a non-ablative laser skin resurfacing treatment, your skin may be slightly red or swollen for a day or two. During this time, it is best to avoid wearing cosmetics while your skin recovers. Your physician will provide specific guidelines for when it is safe to begin your skin care regimen and to wear makeup again.

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