Ablation Before and After

March 9, 2012

Ablation is a means of resurfacing the skin by removing the outer layers. This encourages the skin to repair itself and create new layers with reduced blemishes and wrinkles. Depending on how severe the treatment is, possible results can improve age spots, frown lines and even birth marks. There are several ways of ablating dead skin cells. They can range between mild ablation which only eliminates the superficial layer or it can be much deeper by removing extra layers and providing a more profound effect.

Microdermabrasion is perhaps the mildest form of ablation.  Since it doesn’t cause much damage to the skin, this can be done by a beauty therapist. More extreme forms of ablation like chemical peels and laser skin resurfacing should really be performed by qualified doctors. You will find that some non-doctors offer these services, but you really need to go to someone who is experienced. There have been reports of patients getting burns or blotching because the treatments weren’t done properly. If you’re unsure about getting rid of skin on your face, you can try Mother Nature’s ablation, baking soda and see if it gives you some relief.

Before and after photo

Before and After Photo: Fractional Ablative Laser (Ablation) Performed on Woman's Chest

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Loraine had the ablation laser treatment done on her chest. As you can see in the after photo the skin is much the same color now. The after photo was taken a week and a half after the laser treatment was done.

Ablation uses

Using ablation to remove skin cells poses a multitude of benefits. Not only does it help rejuvenate the skin, but it can also remove unwanted blemishes and wrinkles. Each type of ablation device will help to alleviate different symptoms with many being able to achieve varying levels of skin cell removal. For example, the depth of ProFractional therapy can be adjusted from superficial to medium and even deep results, enabling it to be used for a wide variety of imperfections such as sun damage, wrinkles and acne scars.

Laser ablation can also be used to reverse cosmetic tattoos (permanent makeup). On the other hand, endovenous laser ablation is used under the skin by cosmetic laser clinics to remove varicose veins. There are so many types of ablation treatments that patients really need to be careful which one they choose. For example, some people think that chemical peels can get rid of white stretchmarks, but this isn’t the case. Ablation devices can be quite expensive so clinics usually only have a small variety on hand. If you come to them with a problem, they will recommend their machine for your concern. Try to do as much research on your condition and scrutinize all your possible treatment options.

Before treatment

Even before you reach for the phone to call your regular doctor or a cosmetic surgeon, you should take a look at the choices which are available to you. There’s an enormous amount of information on every type of procedure on the internet today so you’ll be armed with at least some knowledge before sitting down with the doc. At least then you’ll be able to participate in the conversation and ask vital questions, rather than just being told what’s best for you.

With most such ‘minor’ cosmetic procedure consultations, you will typically have the treatment then and there on the day. This is why you should check your options and also what’s involved with your preferred ones. If you book in a chemical peel for example intending to have gorgeous clear skin the next week, then you’ll be greatly disappointed. At that stage of the process, your skin will actually be peeling off and you’ll look like something out of Texas chainsaw massacre. That’s why you need to be prepared prior to your appointment. Find out what’s involved, how long before the results are seen and how much downtime there is first.

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Risks, complications and side effects

How the procedure effects the patient depends on the type of ablation you have and also your individual features and skin type. Regardless of the ablation method, it’s always a general rule that applies: the deeper you resurface the skin, the more risks and complications can occur. With most treatments you will have some degree of itchiness and redness. This can mild, lasting only a few days and capable of being hidden by makeup. Deeper ablation techniques such as phenol peels and CO2 laser can leave your skin with severe erythema which can even last for months.

You can also experience swelling, crusting and scaling. This is normal with some types of ablation and usually resolves within a week or two. Infection or scarring can occur if you do not look after the wounded skin properly by applying lotions and staying out of the sun. Where chemicals are used, there’s a risk of experiencing allergic reaction. A more permanent side effect can be changes in pigmentation. The treated area may become lighter or darker than the surrounding skin. After most ablation procedures, your skin will be sensitive to the sun (photosensitivity) and you’ll need to protect it from direct sunlight.

Recovery time

The recovery times will vary depending on the depth of treatment. Your doctor will give you specific instructions to follow and perhaps products to purchase in order to ensure a safe recovery following the procedure. In most cases, you will need to buy a rich moisturizer and a good sunscreen to apply daily. With deeper ablation, you will need to keep reapplying moisturizing lotion to keep the skin hydrated and avoid excessive peeling.

Superficial ablation methods such as microdermabrasion and glycolic peels are the mildest form and accordingly have the shortest recovery time. You can return to normal activities straight after the treatment. There’s no need for anesthesia, although there may be very slight pain involved. Typically there’s no peeling after these types of ablation and the skin only usually turns pink for a few days.

With medium depth ablation, you usually need to wait about 5 to 7 days before the redness subsides and you can apply makeup again. Even though they’re done on an outpatient basis, you may still need a few days off work. The pain threshold is bearable to none but you may have swelling (particularly if the doctor treated around your eyes). The reason why you would need to take time away from your job is that the skin becomes crusty and peels off over days 3 to 6 after the treatment. You don’t really want to turn up looking like a leper.

Deep ablations where deeper second degree burns are caused to the skin are the most potent. Your skin can be red for at least three weeks. This can last for two to three months but most people only need about two weeks off from their occupation. Luckily, you don’t need such deep treatments that often. Whilst they do offer a profound improvement to your skin, you don’t want to be wasting your precious holiday time hiding at home. There is some pain associated with these treatments and you will probably need pain medication and maybe even antibiotics. It usually takes two weeks for the skin to regrow but it may not completely heal for up to two months.

After surgery

When you walk away from your doctor’s clinic, you will need to wait before seeing the results of your efforts. This may only be a short waiting time (a few hours to a couple of days) where the ablation was mild. You will see a difference in your skin, being smoother with reduced blemishes such as pigmentation, smaller wrinkles and mild sun damage.

If you’ve had a deeper treatment, you may need to wait a week or two before seeing the improvement, but it’s probably worth the wait. Deep resurfacing can offer significant improvement in severe wrinkles, lesions, growths and prominent pigmentation. You will especially appreciate a more advanced treatment if you were a long term smoker or love your sun bathing. Brutal sun damage can be ominously improved. That is not to say it’s safe to lie out in the sun for hours on end, it still causes skin cancer. After your skin has fully healed, you will just want to show off your new freshly rejuvenated face. The results can also have an amazing effect on your quality of life and overall outlook.


Having a treatment of C02 laser can cost anywhere up to $2,000 whereas microdermabrasion will cost anywhere around $75. Chemical peels can cost up to $1,500.


My name is Julie and I’ve had a fractional ablative laser treatment done on my full face a few months back. I must say I didn’t expect to see the great results I ended up with. It took years off the look of my face and I was so happy I got it done I swore to myself that I would do it every year from now on because I just don’t want to age. I must admit there was a bit of pain after the treatment but the result is worth it if your worried about the pain. I was too but being a newbie to cosmetic surgery I expected that there would be a factor of no pain no gain. My was unsure about the treatment until I fully recovered and he says when he puts on a few more years he’ll have it done too.

Submitted by Julie on 23rd March, 2012.

YouTube video

In this YouTube video Dr. Seema Patel shows an ablative laser and how it is used on a patient.

More Before and After Photos

Before and After Photo: Fractional Ablative Laser (Ablation) Done on Womans Face

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Nannie had ablation done on her face because her face was discolored in many areas and she hoped the laser would fix that. It did the trick but Nannie would most likely need another few treatments or perhaps with another type of laser like the pearl laser to get optimum effects.

Before and After Photo: Ablation on Womans Face

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Jeanie had the ablative laser treatment done in hope that it would reduce some of the wrinkles on her face. Just after a single treatment you can see the wrinkly saggy skin below her jowls has been fried away and healthy new skin has formed. The after photo was taken three weeks following the laser treatment.

Before and After Photo: Ablation Performed on Old Womans Chest

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Harriett also had the ablative laser done on her chest in hopes that it would reduce the amount of age spots and sun damage she had on it. The laser seemed to have worked and her skin looks younger now. The after photo was taken two weeks after the ablation laser treatment.

Before and After Photo: Ablative Laser Done on Elderly Ladies Cheeks

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Julianne had ablation done on her cheek. She hoped that it would smooth out some wrinkles and get rid of the nasty red veins she had running through her cheeks. The laser got rid of the veins and smoothed out a few of her wrinkles as you can see in the after photo. The after photo was taken three weeks after the treatment.

Before and After Photo: Ablation Laser Treatment Done on Womans Whole Face

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Tanisha was hoping the ablative laser would smooth out her wrinkles and make her skin look rejuvenated. It did the trick as you can see in the after photo. She has a new layer of skin now. The after shot was taken a month an a bit later.

Before and After Photo: Ablation done on Womans Cheeks and Mouth Area

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Loraine chose to have ablative laser treatment to smooth out wrinkles and rejuvenate the skin also like Tanisha. As you can see in the after photo there is an improvement. The before photo was taken a month before.

Before and After Photo: Ablation for Crow's Feet

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Karina had her treatment to reduce age spots and wrinkles around the eyes known as crow’s feet. The age spots were removed and her crow’s feet are now better. The after photo was taken over a month afterwards.

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Kathrine had ablation in hopes of reducing the amount of fine wrinkles all over her face. As you can see there is a drastic improvement in wrinkles in the after photo. It was the right treatment for her as you can see. The after shot was taken a month and a half later.

Before and After Photo: Ablation for Facial Rejuvenation

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Mandy had ablation in hopes of rejuvenating her aging looking skin. She is not exactly old but she just wanted to look that bit younger and it seemed to have worked for her taking years off her complexion. The after shot was taken a month following ablation treatment.

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