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Clin Dermatol. 2007 Sep-Oct;25(5):474-9.

Nonablative tissue remodeling and photorejuvenation.

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Department of Dermatology, Section of Dermatologic and Cutaneous Oncology, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT 03536, USA.


Nonablative facial resurfacing is a noninvasive approach to tissue remodeling and skin rejuvenation. These procedures are considered an alternative to the more traditional laser resurfacing with less dramatic effects, but also with significantly less downtime. Results vary based on the lasers and light sources used. In general, the infrared lasers improve texture, visible light lasers somewhat improve texture but greatly reduce redness and telangiectasias, and intense pulsed light devices improve both red targets and brown discoloration, as well as skin texture. Lastly, low-energy devices may improve redness and texture modestly. Patient selection, as well as device selection, is based on the outcome desired. Side effects are uncommon and preventable.

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