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I have been told that the best treatment for my wrinkles would be laser resurfacing. I have seen the before and after photo’s of women who have had the procedure. However I am a little scared by the photo’s of the day after treatment. and the pain involved. Can you tell me if there is any advancement in this procedure, and how long the downtime actually is? Is it true that you can not be exposed to the outside for 1 month following the procedure? I am 60 yrs old and definetly need to do something. But this was recommended instead of a mini face lift. Thank you

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  1. Dr. Brian Buinewicz wrote on :

    It’s really impossible to comment without actually seeing you or a picture of you. There are a multitude of treatments, both surgical and nonsurgical, that are effective for treating wrinkles. Treatment recommendations depend on the area to be treated, the depth of the wrinkles, the quality of the skin being treated and the expected outcome to name a few. Your best bet is to make an appointment to see a board certified Plastic Surgeon, discuss your concerns and develop a treatment plan.

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  2. Dr. Ben Hugo wrote on :

    Fractional C02 Laser is the latest technology in laser skin resurfacing. Laser skin rejuvenation (or laser skin resurfacing) is a treatment to reduce facial wrinkles and skin irregularities, such as sun damage, blemishes or acne scars. Many patients recognize a change in the texture and quality of the skin as they age. As the skin loses elasticity and collagen, fine lines and wrinkles appear. The uniform color of the skin may also change as darker and lighter spots form. If you have spent years in the sun, then you know what it can do to your skin. Wrinkles, fine lines, skin discoloration, sunspots, surface roughness and mild skin laxity may be reduced or eliminated by laser skin resurfacing and careful skin care.
    In most cases, excellent results can be achieved with a single fractional CO2 laser treatment. However, persons with deep lines, severe wrinkling, multiple brown spots and/or acne scars may benefit from a series of treatments spaced 6-12 months apart. Every treatment builds more collagen, improving skin health without damage to the skin.
    Treatment parameters and laser settings can be geared to your lifestyle. You may choose to undergo one aggressive treatment or a series of less aggressive treatments in order to achieve an optimal result.
    A “light” laser resurfacing has a shorter recovery. Post-treatment appearance is similar to a moderate sunburn and time off work is minimal (usually 3 or 4 days).
    “Heavy” treatments carry more prolonged recovery periods with redness and puffiness lasting a week (down-time usually 6 or 7 days). Your skin will usually flake for a week or longer, similar to a sunburn without blisters, oozing or scabs. Make-up can be applied 6 or 7 days after the treatment.
    As far as any pain involved, we give our patients oral sedation and topical anesthesia for the procedure. Our patients report minimal pain and discomfort during the procedure. The stinging sunburn sensation usually dissipates about three hours after the procedure.
    You can continue to go outdoors and live your normal life afterwards. You always want to be careful of sun exposure so you need to take the proper precautions and always apply at least an SPF 30 before going outdoors and reapplying every four hours while outdoors or driving. You should do this everyday, not just following a laser procedure.

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