Am I a good candidate for skin resurfacing?
You may be a good
candidate for skin resurfacing if you have one or more of the following
Wrinkled or sun-damaged facial skin
Vertical wrinkles around your
mouth, such as those that cause lipstick "bleed"
Crow's feet lines around your eyes
and perhaps some skin laxity in your lower eyelid area
Fine wrinkling of your upper
Brown spots or blotchy skin
Certain precancerous skin growths
Acne or chicken pox scars
Superficial facial scars
from a past injury
Patients may have their
skin resurfaced at almost any age. You may have certain characteristics that
make you a better candidate for one technique rather than another, or your
surgeon may have a preference based on his or her personal experience with the
The amount of time you can
allow for recovery also may be an important factor in selecting a particular
resurfacing method or determining the extent of treatment. All
techniques can be performed to varying depths.
A more superficial treatment will require less healing time, but you may need to
have the procedure repeated more than once to achieve the same results as a
deeper treatment. If you are having aesthetic (cosmetic) surgery, such as a
facelift or eyelid surgery, you may be able to have a skin resurfacing procedure
performed at the same time.