Ablative lasers are more invasive and require longer recovery periods compared to fractional lasers. Fractional lasers create tiny, evenly-spaced treatment zones on the skin, leaving the surrounding tissue unaffected. The laser energy is delivered in a fractionated pattern, targeting a fraction of the skin’s surface while leaving healthy skin intact.

Ablative lasers require longer recovery periods and carry a higher risk. Fractional lasers offer a less aggressive approach with shorter downtime but may require multiple sessions for optimal outcomes. The choice between the two treatments depends on factors such as the specific skin condition being treated, the desired results, and individual patient considerations. It’s best to consult a skin professional to determine the most suitable treatment for your needs.