Ablative laser skin resurfacing has been the “Gold Standard” for nonsurgical facial rejuvenation, skin rejuvenation and removal of facial skin wrinkles and photo aging since the early 1990s. ‘Ablative’ means ‘capable of removing completely’ and these types of lasers can remove a whole area of skin in a controlled manner. New skin then grows into the treated area to create a smoother and fresher- looking complexion. Earlier lasers were very effective, but the treated skin took a very long time to recover.
The latest modifications produced what are known as fractional laser. In this system, the laser beam is broken down into several smaller beams which drill minute holes into the skin, leaving patches of healthy skin in between which then grow into and fill in these holes.