Fractionated laser technology has allowed physicians to minimize downtime and complications increasing the number of treatments with lower rate of complications than non-fractionated laser treatment, especially for eyelid and perioral region treatments. Unfortunately, adverse effects can still occur even with the best technology and physician care. Ablative fractionated lasers (AFL) are significantly safer than their non-fractionated counterpart, but they still maintain high risk of potential damage and complications. Non-ablative fractional lasers (NAFL) are more gentle than the ablative and require a moderate amount of downtime.
Most complications can be easily managed and are self-limited. Side effect early identification and treatment will improve outcome.
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