Who is a good candidate for laser resurfacing?

Most patients are well aware of the effects of gravity on aging. They also realize that dynamic muscle movements cause wrinkles over the time, such as crow’s feet and frown lines. However, many patients neglect to consider the skin itself. It is the canvas on which the painting is produced. If the canvas (skin) appears aged then it significantly contributes to the aging process and detracts from even excellent cosmetic surgery. If one has been restored by a facelift to youthful contours but yet the canvas appears older, the result is less than optimal and can give the appearance of being artificial.

Anyone who has skin with environmental changes caused by sun damage, wind, dryness, or other environmental factors is a good candidate for laser rejuvenation. These changes would appear as dark age spots or sun spots, broken blood vessels, and of course; mild, moderate, and even severe wrinkles. These wrinkles can occur over the entire face, but are often noticed around the mouth. Although these are often termed “smoker’s lines” on the upper lip, many non smokers unfortunately are troubled by this condition.

 Below is a list of frequently asked questions.

  • Who is a good candidate for laser resurfacing?
  • There are many types of laser procedures now. Which one, if any, is right for me?
  • There are many types of laser procedures now. Which one, if any, is right for me?
  • What is the post treatment course?
  • What are the risks?
  • How much does it cost?

Fractional Resurfacing A fractional approach means that a fraction (usually 20-40 %) of the skin is treated, but to depths 3 to 5 times deeper than standard techniques. Imagine pixels on your computer and effecting only 20 to 40 % of them. In one square cm of skin there is an average of 2000 microscopic columns of injury, yet so small that 60-80 % of skin remains normal. This sparing of normal skin allows faster healing. Therefore the advantage of this approach is quicker recovery and fewer potential complications.