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Skin Technique’s Take on Ablative vs. Non-Ablative Laser Treatments 

Both Ablative and Non-Ablative laser treatments can be very effective when performed correctly by a qualified and certified practitioner. However, despite using light and laser technology, their goals, recovery period, and efficacy vary greatly.  

Here at Skin Technique, we understand the major shift in laser technology and have had ample opportunity to study and practice with both laser types. 

Before diving into our preferred light and laser treatments at Skin Technique, being: HALO, StarWalker®, and BBL HERO®, we want to give you a little overview on the main points of differentiation between Ablative and Non-Ablative Lasers. 

The Main Difference Between Ablative Vs. Non-Ablative Laser Treatments  

Ablative Lasers 

Ablative lasers, such as C02 and Erbium, operate by removing the top layer of skin (the epidermis) to improve facial aging and imperfections. To promote proper rejuvenation of the epidermis, these lasers also heat the dermis, the underlying layer of skin, to trigger the creation of new collagen fibers. 

In simpler terms, ablative lasers are more intense for the skin and focus on reducing moderate wrinkles, scars, and improving overall skin tone. Significant skin improvements can be seen after just one session. 

Some other key factors to be aware of are:  

  • Downtime can take up to 8 weeks  
  • During recovery you may see swelling, bruising, and peeling (All possible outcomes should be touched upon by practitioner pre and post treatment)  
  • Works on improving overall complexion (more glow/more brightness to skin) 
  • Not as common in medical spas today 
  • Only one session is necessary in most situations 

Non-Ablative Lasers 

In contrast, non-Ablative lasers, such as IPL, BBL, and Pulsed Dye Laser, work differently. These lasers reach deeper into the skin, encouraging the creation of new collagen without damaging the top layers. 

Non-Ablative lasers are ideal for addressing skin concerns related to texture and color. They are used to treat mild wrinkles and fine lines, as well as pigmentation problems. These lasers require multiple treatments but have minimal to no recovery time. 

Some key factors to be aware of are:  

  • Treatments target discoloration and target red spots, brown spots, and sun-damage colour  
  • These lasers work on a much broader range of skin types  
  • Some may experience mild redness or swelling during recovery 

 It is always helpful to understand the distinction between the umbrella terms: ablative and non-ablative lasers. This terminology is commonly used when discussing light and laser treatments and provides a general overview of what to anticipate. 

Skin Technique’s Ablative & Non-Ablative Laser Options  

HALO Laser Skin Resurfacing – Ablative & Non-Ablative 

The HALO Laser Skin Resurfacing combines ablative and non-ablative wavelengths delivered to the same microscopic treatment zone to maximize clinical results and minimize downtimes.  

 In plain terms, it uses lasers to activate the body’s healing and collagen-producing systems in the skin along a closely targeted path. This causes fresh, younger skin to develop in the targeted area. HALO Laser is safe and effective while providing an enhanced patient experience.  

The Halo Laser applies ablative and non-ablative wavelengths to the treatment area. Intelligent energy delivery, combined with Dynamic Thermal Optimization, ensures precise, even, safe treatments. 

Ready to find out more? Learn more at Skin Technique’s HALO option now . 

StarWalker® – Non-Ablative (When Used for Melasma)  

The StarWalker® is built for maximum performance with patented, state-of-the-art innovations to make treatments safer and more effective. This treatment uses acoustic shockwaves, rather than heat, to break apart melasma. Nothing beats the versatility of StarWalker®.  

Skin Technique is excited to be offering the newest treatment for melasma, sun damage, and age spots with the most advanced q-switched laser on the market, Fotona’s StarWalker®.  

 Learn More about StarWalker today!  

BBL HERO® – Non-Ablative 

BBL HERO® is a new type of phototherapy that uses Broadband Light (BBL) to treat areas of concern. The treatment is minimally invasive, and there is no need for anesthesia or numbing cream. 

The device delivers light energy deep into your skin to stimulate and regenerate your skin cells combining the power of our traditional BBL lasers. 

Learn more about Skin Technique’s BBL HERO® Option Today.  

 Try a Light & Laser Treatment at Skin Technique 

 Choosing the right treatment for you can be a daunting task, but we are here to help!  

With our years of experience and the variety of patients we have seen, we understand the key elements to choosing the perfect treatment for you.  

Ready to start your treatment journey here with us at Skin Technique? Book a consultation with us today! 


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