Ablative vs. Non-Ablative Lasers: Which to Choose?

You may have thought about having a laser procedure to remove unwanted hair or improve skin texture. After doing some research, now you’re confused about the difference between ablative and non-ablative lasers. So now what?

Generally, lasers work by passing a concentrated stream of light into the target area. This is done in a controlledAblative vs. Non-Ablative Lasers manner.

Ablative laser treatments target both the superficial and deeper layers of the skin. Ablative lasers are ideal for diminishing both superficial and deep wrinkles and erasing pigmentation problems brought about by sun exposure.

Ablative laser treatments can cause significant irritation that may take a long time to heal and there is the possibility of obvious scarring and long-term discoloration. The skin may ooze and form crusts post-treatment requiring you to carefully it clean often for at least two weeks after the procedure. Infection is a risk.

Non-ablative laser procedures target the skin’s deeper layers while leaving the superficial layer intact. The skin will not appear raw or exposed afterwards, but the results will not be as dramatic as ablative laser outcomes. Multiple treatments are often required for highly noticeable results.

Non-ablative laser treatments work extremely well in improving the appearance of mild to moderate wrinkles and superficial brown spots. Symptoms of rosacea are also significantly diminished with non-ablative laser types.

Swelling, redness, and bruising are less noticeable in non-ablative procedures.

There is no such thing as the best type of laser treatment. Each has its own pros and cons and which option you end up choosing largely depends on your specific issues.

Let us help you choose the right type of laser treatment. Call us at 440.639.3223 or fill out our contact form to schedule an initial consultation. We are located in Mentor, Ohio and serve neighboring areas too!

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