Ablative versus Non-Ablative … Continuing with our discussion on the different modalities, today we will be discussing ablative versus non-ablative treatments. During ablative treatments, the outer layer of the skin, or the epidermis is destroyed. During nonablative procedures, the outer layer of the skin is preserved. In this case, many times, a cooling system is used, as in the case of laser, to maintain the epidermis. It used to be the case that continuous exfoliation was the preferred methodology for beautiful skin. We now know that the integrity of the epidermis and its barrier defense function is key and a vital component of any rejuvenation goal. However, you may now have noticed throughout my blog that I believe there is a place for everything. Selecting a modality should be done on a case by case basis, not only taking into account the client’s lifestyle and goal, but also keeping in mind that many modalities complement each other. For example, performing a microneedle treatment prior to laser resurfacing may be a good way to prepare the skin, yet after the treatment, it may help with wound healing. Another good combination is performing microneedle with near-infrared technology. It has been demonstrated that near infrared light is used by the body to increase its energy levels and replace old, damaged cells with new healthy ones, making this latter combination very effective. For more information, call Med Aesthetics Miami at 305-356-7402 or email us at info@ medaestheticsmiami.com

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