Facial plast Surg 2014; 30(01): 049-054
DOI: 10.1055/s-0033-1364222
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Nonablative Fractional Resurfacing

Joely Kaufman
1  Department of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
Sophie Liao
2  Department of Ophthalmology, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
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Publication Date:
31 January 2014 (online)


Since its introduction in 2004 by Manstein et al, fractional resurfacing has revolutionized the manner in which we treat photoaging. Fractional resurfacing delivers microscopic beams of light to the skin resulting in coagulation or vaporization of fragments of the epidermis and dermis. The wavelengths of these devices may vary, yielding different clinical results. This article will discuss the various uses of fractional ablative and nonablative devices available today.