22 March 2004 (online)
In expert hands, ablative laser resurfacing has a long history of excellent results in the treatment of photodamage-induced rhytids, depressed acne scars, and other signs of cutaneous aging. Over the last decade there have been a growing number of reports in the emerging area of nonablative resurfacing. Nonablative modalities provide less impressive clinical results for rhytid reduction but have shown particular promise for the treatment of scars and superficial dyschromias. It is also ideally suited for those patients seeking a minimally invasive, greatly reduced downtime procedure.
Nonablative resurfacing - photorejuvenation - facial resurfacing