Daniel C. Morello, M.D., FACS
Is there a skin resurfacing procedure with no down time? Someone mentioned to me that radio frequency coblation does not require the recovery time that lasers do. Is this true?
Coblation, or radio frequency electrosurgical ablation, resurfaces the skin more superficially than a laser and at a much lower surface temperature. That's why recovery from this procedure is shorter than from carbon dioxide laser resurfacing. However, it still may require 5 to 7 days following the procedure for the skin to heal. Coblation is currently available only on a limited basis for clinical studies. It requires special training and there are not many physicians who have experience with it. Studies are needed to assess its effectiveness and safety. For now, there are other more widely used treatments including light chemical peels and microdermabrasion that can help you achieve a smoother, fresher complexion with little or no down time. I suggest you consult with an ASAPS-member surgeon to determine what treatments can benefit you.