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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    Part of a progressive medical subspecialty, ASDS member dermatologists perform medically necessary and cosmetic procedures to improve the health, function and beauty of skin through every stage of life.

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    From forehead furrows to frown lines…

    Performing more than 5 million cosmetic procedures each year, ASDS member dermatologists offer many treatments that are less intense, safer and have quicker recovery times than ever before.

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    3 million Americans are diagnosed with skin cancer every year

    Any suspicious new growths or changes should be examined by a dermatologist immediately. ASDS member dermatologists are trained to select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient.

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    From excess fat to wrinkles…

    Offering a range of office-based cosmetic procedures, ASDS member dermatologists can select the appropriate treatment choice to meet your individual goals.

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Non-ablative Lasers for Unwanted Hair


Treatment Options


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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.

Why choose non-ablative lasers for unwanted hair

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

What you need to know about non-ablative lasers for unwanted hair

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.  

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

Estimated cost

The average cost for non-ablative laser hair removal therapy can range from a few thousand to several thousand dollars depending on the severity of the condition and desired results. Since most medical insurance companies consider non-ablative laser hair removal therapy a cosmetic procedure, it is usually not covered, except in special cases.

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.

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 house. 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.

Find a doctor for your non-ablative laser hair removal procedure

Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Laser Hair Removal” from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS doctors performed nearly 464,00 laser hair removal procedures, up from 318,000 in 2012. Because ASDS doctors are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.

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