Can laser resurfacing remove sun damage that is not yet apparent?

Absolutely! Laser Resurfacingalong with chemical peels, dermabrasion, dermasanding, can all remove cells that have accumulated sun damage over the years. The removed cells are then replaced with cells that are new from deep within the hair follicle which “resurfaces” the skin that has been treated. There are many scientific studies out there and most of them are related to chemical peels which show the benefits of removing precancerous cells in the skin.  Many of these studies have shown that the progression to precancerous lesions such as actinic keratoses are significantly reduced when some deeper form of resurfacing is done.  These resurfacing procedures have been shown to be as effective as topical chemotherapy such as 5-fluorouracil. Here is a live demonstration of my use of a co2 laser and laser resurfacing.

Thanks for reading,

Dr Young

Dr Youngspecializes in Facial Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery and is located in Bellevue near Seattle, Washington

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