U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 30-year-old member asked:

What is non-ablative laser skin resurfacing?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. J. Morgan O'Donoghue
Dermatology 26 years experience
Light laser: Non ablative laser is another name for lasers that don't take of the entire top laser of the skin such ablative laser examples are co2 or erbium yag laser. Non ablative lasers are fractional or radio frequency lasers. They can help reduce wrinkles and improve sundamgae with less downtime than ablative lasers but require more treatments.
Dr. H. william Song
aesthetic Medicine 30 years experience
Fractional Laser : Ablative laser resurfacing typically refers to removing a whole layer of skin with a laser. Fractional technology allows treatment of a "fraction" of the skin surface by burning small dots leaving healthy tissue in between the dots. This technique delivers similar results with much less risk and down time.
Dr. Marc Polecritti
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
IMO ablative lasers remove the top layers of skin, either completely as the older CO2 lasers or in a fractional pattern but both are ablativ
Jul 4, 2013
Dr. Marc Polecritti
Plastic Surgery 19 years experience
Non ablative lasers treat without skin removal by increasing collagen and tightening with heat
Jul 4, 2013
Dr. Shalini Gupta
Dermatology 26 years experience
Does not remove skin: Ablation refers to removing layers of the skin with a laser. Non-ablative lasers do not do this and are hence associated with less recovery time. Depending on the laser, they target pigmentation, vessels or water. This interaction of light with the tissue generates heat and promotes new collagen growth. These lasers are more popular because of the shorter recovery period.

Similar questions

A 32-year-old member asked:

What is laser skin resurfacing? How does it work?

3 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Newman
Facial Plastic Surgery 31 years experience
Builds collagen: Light energy is directed at the skin to produce vaporization of skin layers resulting in heat dissemination through the dermis. This injury stimulates new collagen formation as well as remodeling of your old collagen. Net result is smoother skin with less wrinkles and less sun damage. Laser skin resurfacing is one of the most effective treatments but must be performed by an experienced surgeon.

Related questions

A 48-year-old member asked:
What are the chances of laser skin resurfacing scarring my face?
1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
A 48-year-old member asked:
Does laser skin resurfacing cause skin discoloration on black skin?
2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
A 39-year-old member asked:
What are the implications of laser acne/skin resurfacing?
1 doctor answer15 doctors weighed in
Last updated Nov 7, 2015
Connect with a U.S. board-certified doctor by text or video anytime, anywhere.
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.