Nonablative skin rejuvenation

J Cosmet Dermatol. 2005 Dec;4(4):301-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1473-2165.2005.00210.x.


Laser resurfacing of photodamaged or scarred skin has traditionally involved the use of ablative lasers with their associated limitations and side effects. Nonablative skin rejuvenation is a relatively new concept in facial rejuvenation, which aims to induce dermal remodeling without visible epidermal disruption. A number of laser devices and light sources, emitting at various wavelengths, have been shown to effectively enhance the appearance of facial skin through nonablative mechanisms. Among the conditions that can be treated with this novel modality are erythema, telangiectasia, pigmentation, lentigines, and textural imperfections ranging from fine and moderate rhytides to other surface irregularities such as acne scarring. A major attraction of nonablative laser therapy is the very limited downtime after each treatment, making it an ideal method for patients seeking a minimally invasive procedure with an excellent safety profile.