As Medical Director of Brooklyn, New York-based Sheepshead Bay Laser Center, Leon Turovsky, M.D., offers treatment for a wide range of cosmetic conditions, including varicose and spider veins, stretch marks, acne, rosacea, and melasma. Leon Turovsky, M.D.’s practice also offers advanced cosmetic laser treatment options that employ fractional ablative and non-ablative lasers.

A less invasive option, non-ablative lasers bypass the outer epidermal layer and conduct heat into the dermis. They are ideal for treating moderate to mild photo-aging, lines under the eyes, and wrinkling. They are also effective in resolving superficial skin issues such as acne scars (typically in four to six treatments). The skin redness experienced following non-ablative laser treatment is far less than that following more invasive treatments, which may necessitate a week or longer break from social life and job duties.

Ablative lasers are stronger and can result in epidermal burning, with recovery time extending as long as six weeks. This next-generation technology has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly among people who have experienced severe sun damage, have deep wrinkles, or have indented acne scars. Modern ablative equipment has built-in cooling capacities that make the procedure relatively comfortable, when accompanied by topical anesthetic creams.