Laser resurfacing pearls

Sonia Shah, Murad Alam*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Ablative skin resurfacing using the carbon dioxide laser was long considered the gold standard for treatment of photoaging, acne scars, and rhytids. However, conventional full-face carbon dioxide resurfacing is associated with significant risk of side effects and a prolonged postoperative recovery period. Fractional resurfacing has recently revolutionized laser surgery by offering close to comparable results with minimal side effects and a more rapid recovery. Although fractional devices have grown in popularity, and have essentially replaced traditional resurfacing, fractional resurfacing can still be a challenging modality to control precisely due to hardware variations across comparable devices, the range of settings that can be used, and patient-specific considerations. Certain precautions and rules of thumb can reduce the risk associated with fractional resurfacing, and increase the likelihood of a good outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-136
Number of pages6
JournalSeminars in Plastic Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2012


  • ablative
  • fractional lasers
  • nonablative
  • skin resurfacing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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