In general, laser resurfacing treatments fall under one of two categories: ablative lasers and non-ablative lasers. Both ablative and non-ablative.
Non-ablative skin rejuvenation uses a laser to improve the appearance of wrinkles, brown spots and minor scars by creating heat in the skin without injuring the surface of the skin. Linda Susan Marcus, MD, explains non-ablative laser rejuvenation. Before (left) and after (right.
The basic difference between ablative and non-ablative treatments is that ablative lasers remove the top layer of skin, while non-ablative lasers work by heating.
Laser Resurfacing: Ablative Vs. Nonablative Lasers Ablative lasers create a wound response to incite healthy healing. Pros: More effective.
The Lumenis ResurFX is the only true fractional non ablative laser technology. It only needs one pass to be effective, saving time and protecting the patient's.
It's that reduced downtime, compared with more invasive treatments that require a week to 10 days from work & social obligations, that makes the non-ablative.