Non-Ablative Non-Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

Non-fractional laser skin resurfacing is a technique used to remove older, pigmented skin layer by layer to reveal new skin underneath. While this treatment is non-ablative and does not wound the skin, the non-fractional component makes the treatment more aggressive as the treatment will affect an entire area as opposed to a concentrated patch.

Non-Ablative Non-Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing Overview - Everything You Need to Know

The Skinny

Non-Ablative Non-Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
avg. recovery
2 weeks
Laser/Light Therapy
$1031 - $1144

About the Procedure

Last Updated: 08.03.2021

Non-ablative non-fractional laser skin resurfacing is a procedure used to treat loss of skin tone and to improve the general complexion of the skin. The lasers used in this procedure are non-ablative, meaning they are non-wounding and less intense than their ablative counterparts. The non-fractional nature of the procedure delivers the lasers across a wide treatment area as opposed to fractional lasers, which administer on a focused section. The non-fractional approach can result in a more prolonged recovery period. The cost of non-fractional non-ablative skin resurfacing ranges from approximately $1031-$1144 depending on the amount of skin treatment. Examples of non-ablative non-fractional lasers include the 1319nm pulsed energy laser Thermascan, the 1320 nm Nd: YAG laser CoolTouch CT3Plus, Harmony XL the 1450nm diode laser Smoothbeam and the 1054 Nd:YAG Laser Genesis. Depending on the laser, a topical numbing cream may be used for the patient's comfort however some laser devices will have a cooling element built directly into the handpiece. The laser will then be expertly applied to the treatment area, targeting uneven skin texture, irregular pigmentation, fine lines, and other skin imperfections. The provider will closely monitor the skin to ensure an effective but comfortable session. Once the skin has been thoroughly treated, a soothing serum or ointment will be applied and a bandage may be put on the skin.

Non-ablative non-fractional laser skin resurfacing is used to reduce skin imperfections. Sun damage, fine lines or wrinkles, skin laxity, brown spots, blotchiness, scars and certain precancerous growths can be addressed with laser skin resurfacing.


Non-Ablative Non-Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing addresses concerns such as:

Recovery Notes

It is likely that the skin will be temporarily red and swollen following a laser resurfacing treatment. Use cool compresses to relieve any discomfort. Makeup can be worn after 2 days to cover up any irregular skin pigmentation. Always use sunscreen and avoid overexposure to the sun as new damage can reverse results.

Ideal Candidate

The ideal candidates for non-ablative non-fractional skin resurfacing will have skin that is sun-damaged with wrinkling around eyes and mouth as well as skin laxity in lower eyelid area. Candidates who have have experienced irregular changes in skin color, such as blotchiness or brown spots. Candidates who have scars that have made the surface of your skin uneven. Certain precancerous skin growths can be treated in this way.

Not Recommended For

Non-ablative non-fractional laser resurfacing is not recommended for use on darker skin tones due to risk of hypopigmentation.

Side Effects

Side effects from non-ablative non-fractional skin resurfacing may include burns or other injuries from the laser's heat, scarring, changes in the skin's pigmentation (including areas of darker or lighter skin), reactivating herpes cold sores, bacterial infection, and milia may appear in the laser-treated areas during healing.


  • Longer Lasting
  • Shorter Recovery Time
  • Noninvasive


  • pigment changes are possible
  • can exacerbate skin disorders
  • longer recovery time
  • less effective

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