A nonablative fractional laser is used to treat wrinkles, age spots, scarring, dyspigmentation, and other skin conditions. Unlike ablative laser treatments, which actually remove skin, nonablative fractional treatments leave the skin surface intact which simplifies post-operative care and decreases downtime. The procedure may require multiple sequential treatments.
Lined, wrinkled, or lax skin, discoloration, and rough texture.
The area to be treated will be anesthetized with a topical numbing cream. During treatment, you will feel discomfort similar to snapping the skin with a rubber band. Following your treatment, you may experience pain, swelling and redness (similar to a sunburn) for the first several days. Light or heavy peeling of the skin may also occur.
After treatment, your skin will be red like a sunburn and you will experience some swelling. Realize that it may not be possible to predict how long swelling will last, but 3-7 days is normal.