Dr. Mary P. Lupo, a Cosmetic Dermatologist certified by the American Board of Dermatology. Here the Doctor has answered some of the common questions bizymoms visitors have about Cosmetic Dermatology.
Q. What is the difference between ablative and non-ablative laser treatment?
A. Ablative destroys tissue and removed it at the time of treatment. Non-ablative heats the skin to stimulate a biological effect without destroying the epidermis.
Q. How does the Fraxel laser treatment work?
A. Heats the skin to denature proteins and stimulate a healing repair that stimulates new collagen production. Is fractional (I.e., a fraction of the skin is treated with each pass)
Q. What are the advantages and disadvantages of the Fraxel laser treatment?
A. Restore can be used on all skin types and for many indications. Disadvantage is that multiple sessions are required for maximum possible results.
Q. How soon can the clients see results after the Fraxel laser treatment?
A. 6 months after last one is when you see the final result
Q. What skin conditions can the Fraxel laser treatment treat?
A. Aging, dullness, discoloration like melasma (with the new 1927nm thulium head "Dual") traumatic scars, acne scars.
Q. How does laser treatment help to lighten or completely remove unsightly birthmarks?
A. The pulsed dye laser is the best laser for treating vascular birthmarks by having the hemoglobin absorb the laser energy, convert it to heat that seals vessels closed.
Q. What are Telagiectasias and how can laser treatment help?
A. Telangiectasia are dilated capillaries from sun damage, age, heredity or rosacea. Intense pulsed light and Pulsed dye lasers are the treatment of choice, but IPL also treats dark spots and does not cause bruising, so it is the workhorse for this.