Chapter 3. Fractional Ablative Resurfacing

  1. David J. Goldberg MD, JD2,3,4
  1. Joshua A. Tournas MD and
  2. Christopher B. Zachary MBBS, FRCP

Published Online: 11 MAY 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9781444318395.ch3

Facial Resurfacing

Facial Resurfacing

How to Cite

Tournas, J. A. and Zachary, C. B. (2010) Fractional Ablative Resurfacing, in Facial Resurfacing (ed D. J. Goldberg), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444318395.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Skin Laser and Surgery Specialists of New York & New Jersey, New York, NY, USA

  2. 3

    Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA

  3. 4

    Sanctuary Medical Aesthetic Center, Boca Raton, FL, USA

Author Information

  1. Department of Dermatology, University of California at Irvine, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 11 MAY 2010
  2. Published Print: 5 FEB 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405190800

Online ISBN: 9781444318395



  • fractional ablative resurfacing;
  • ablative (carbon dioxide and erbium) lasers for facial resurfacing;
  • “fractional photothermolysis” - debut with Fraxel device;
  • fractional ablative devices and CO2 devices;
  • lutronic eCO2 laser - on 30 watt CO2 laser platform;
  • Erbium - YAG devices and Sciton ProFractional;
  • Cutera Pearl Fractional device - erbium, yttrium-scandium-gallium-garnet (Er:YSGG) laser;
  • acne scarring - fractional ablative resurfacing, preoperative preparation and anesthesia;
  • treatment pearls and feathering;
  • fractional ablative resurfacing - treating signs of aging and dermatologic conditions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Background

  • Fractional ablative devices

  • Treatment techniques

  • Indications and outcomes

  • Side effects, potential complications, and management

  • Combination treatments

  • Conclusions

  • References