Understanding Ablative and Non-Ablative Laser Skin Rejuvenation

In our latest post, we are focusing on two main types of laser treatments: ablative and non-ablative. We break down what sets them apart and how they can help you achieve smoother, younger-looking skin. Dive in to learn which option might be right for you and your skincare goals.

Introduction to Laser Skin Rejuvenation

In the pursuit of radiant, youthful skin, laser skin rejuvenation treatments have emerged as powerful solutions. Classified into two main categories – ablative and non-ablative – these treatments harness the latest in technology to stimulate collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid production, resulting in firmer, smoother, and more vibrant skin. Let’s explore the differences between these two types of laser treatments and their effectiveness in addressing various skin concerns.

Understanding Ablative and Non-Ablative Laser Treatments

Ablative lasers, such as fractional CO2, create controlled micro-injuries in the skin to stimulate collagen and elastin production. This process leads to skin tightening and rejuvenation. Non-ablative lasers, like the Fotona laser, work beneath the skin’s surface without causing visible damage to the epidermis. They also promote collagen and elastin synthesis, resulting in skin rejuvenation without downtime.

Fotona Laser: Non-Ablative Skin Rejuvenation

The Technology

The Fotona laser combines erbium:YAG and ND:YAG components for a versatile treatment approach.

Minimal Downtime

Unlike ablative lasers, Fotona laser treatments require minimal downtime and are suitable for sensitive areas such as the lips and around the eyes.

Skin Concerns

Benefits include skin regeneration, face lifting and improving laxity, brow lifting, reduction in redness and pigmentation, strengthening of the skin barrier to name a few.

Special Application

The intra-oral erbium:YAG option offers unique benefits for tightening the mucosal layer and improving skin around the mouth and jowls.

CO2 Laser: Ablative Skin Resurfacing

The Technology

These lasers can be adjusted for light, medium, or aggressive settings, depending on the desired level of skin resurfacing.


While CO2 laser treatments provide significant skin tightening effects, they typically involve downtime and require several months for full results to manifest.

Skin Concerns

CO2 lasers are highly effective for treating aged or sun-damaged skin, scars, acne scarring, pores, and deep wrinkles.

Special Application

CO2 lasers may not be suitable for darker skin types due to the risk of pigmentation issues.

The Takeaway

Ablative and non-ablative laser skin rejuvenation treatments offer effective solutions for achieving youthful, radiant skin. Whether you opt for the non-ablative approach of the Fotona laser or the ablative resurfacing of the CO2 laser, both treatments can address a range of skin concerns and deliver noticeable results. By understanding the differences between these treatments and their potential applications, you can make informed decisions to unlock your skin’s full potential and embrace a more confident, rejuvenated appearance.

Combining Laser Treatments with Injectable Treatments

Both ablative and non-ablative laser treatments complement injectable treatments such as dermal fillers. For enhanced results, consider combining laser treatments with collagen biostimulators like Sculptra or threads, as well as regenerative treatments like polynucleotides and PRP. Performing injectable treatments post-laser allows for better skin regeneration and maximizes the benefits of collagen stimulation.

Ready for a Transformation?


Find out which laser skin rejuvenation treatment is perfect for you. Schedule a consultation today and take the first step towards a radiant, youthful complexion.