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Ablative laser skin resurfacing

Ablative lasers directly affect the surface of the skin, peeling off wrinkles and spots along with the top layer of skin.

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Ablative lasers directly affect the surface of the skin, peeling off wrinkles and spots along with the top layer of skin.

What It's Good For

Ablative lasers peel off the damaged outer layers of skin. Ablative lasers are the strongest lasers and best-suited for treating issues on the surface of the skin that will be removed if the skin is removed. Ablative lasers primarily treat wrinkles (periorbital wrinkles and smoker's lines included), acne, surgical scars, and skin discoloration (melasma).

Recommended Uses
Name Description Cost
Acne scars Fractional ablative lasers are good for acne scar treatment, especially boxcar scars. Fractional ablative lasers directly affect the surface of the skin. They also split the laser energy...more Fractional ablative laser treatment cost between $500 and $2,500 depending on the size of...more
Acne scars Ablative lasers are a good treatment for facial acne scarring, especially boxcar scars. Ablative lasers deliberately damage the skin’s outer layer and the underlying tissues, resulting in...more Ablative laser treatment of acne scars costs approximately $2,000.
Dark circles under eyes Fractional lasers may effectively treat discoloration under the eyes. Consult a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to determine which option works for you. Make sure you go to...more Lasers can cost $500 to $800 per treatment.
Large pores Fractional CO2 lasers, such as the Active FX, directly affect the surface of the skin, peeling off the top layer. They also increase collagen production below the surface. Fractional lasers...more Fractional laser treatment costs up to $2,500 per treatment.
Neck wrinkles Fractional ablative lasers intentionally damage the surface of the skin, though not all skin is affected. In fractional lasers, the delivered energy is fractioned into pixels, much like a...more The Mixto SX, Active FX, and Fraxel re:pair are popular CO2 fractional ablative lasers,...more
Wrinkles Fractional ablative lasers are powerful devices and are suited for treating very deep and prominent periorbital and perioral wrinkles such as static crow’s feet and smoker’s lines. ...more Treatment costs up to $2,500.
Wrinkles Ablative lasers affect the top layers of skin. They are used on very deep and prominent periorbital and perioral wrinkles, like static crow's feet and smoker’s lines. Ablative lasers peel...more Sessions cost approximately $2,000.

Who it works for: Ablative lasers affect the skin's surface, Their main goal is to reduce surface-level issues like moderate or deep wrinkles, pigmented lesions, fine lines, textural irregularities, and uneven skin tone.

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