Non-ablative Lasers for Unwanted Hair

Non-ablative lasers offer a middle option between ablative or resurfacing lasers (which remove the top layer of skin) and laser/light therapy that uses intense pulses of light to treat deep layers of skin.

What you Should Know

  • Non-ablative lasers heat up the deeper layers of the skin while leaving the surface layer untouched. Exfoliation is minimal. However, multiple treatments are necessary in some cases.
  • The treatment is most effective when hair is in the active phase of growth and not being naturally shed or dormant. During this phase, the hair follicle has increased pigmentation and cell growth, making it more susceptible to treatment.

Why Choose Non-ablative Lasers?

Procedures can often be performed in less than an hour and require little or no downtime.

Possible Risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associated with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Blistering
  • Scarring
  • Crusting

What to Expect After the Procedure 

Following treatment, patients should expect:

  • Temporary discomfort, redness and swelling. These are typical after laser hair removal. These symptoms usually disappear within several hours. Cold compresses, ice and pain medication can be used to relieve these issues.
  • To avoid the sun and tanning beds until the skin fully heals. After healing, an appropriate sunscreen should be used.
  • To see hair shedding for several weeks following the procedure.

How to Prepare for the Procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS doctor will review the patient’s medical history. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure.