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The Difference Between Ablative and Non-Ablative Lasers

The Difference Between Ablative and Non-Ablative Lasers


If you’re researching laser resurfacing treatments, then you may have heard the words “ablative” and “non-ablative” roaming around. While they may sound super technical, they are definitely words you want to know before booking your appointment.

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As Dallas aesthetic laser technicians, Spa in the City ensures all of our clients understand the difference between ablative and non-ablative wavelengths, so they know which option will work best for them. 

What are ablative laser treatments?

For a dramatic treatment, ablative lasers are the way to go. They vaporize the skin’s surface to trigger the body’s healing process. As your tissue repairs itself from the damage, you will notice a significant improvement once your skin recovers. Since ablative lasers use more intense wavelengths, they often lead to more downtime than their non-ablative counterparts. 

What are non-ablative laser treatments?

Non-ablative wavelengths create controlled thermal heating to the dermis to promote collagen production. This is done without damaging your skin’s surface (epidermis). The collagen boost can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Since they are a less invasive option, you won’t have to worry about significant downtime. However, you will probably need multiple sessions to reach your desired look. 

Learn about one of our favorite non-ablative lasers: LaseMD Ultra Pro →

Learn more about the difference between ablative and non-ablative lasers at Spa in the City.

At Spa in the City, we’re dedicated to providing the best, most natural looking results possible. Our goal is for you to feel better in your skin, not erase your natural beauty. From the moment you step into our Dallas medical spa to the moment you leave, we will provide excellent client care while producing exceptional results. And as always, we strive to find options that fit into your budget.  

Driven by our values—honesty, passion, and client commitment—we combine the highest quality aesthetic treatments with an unforgettable experience. Our unique V.I.P. membership program allows our clients to save money and enjoy exclusive perks on our procedures and products all year long.

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