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Laser skin resurfacing is used to smooth facial skin and reduce wrinkles or rhytides. Dynamic rhytides resulting from underlying muscle activity, i.e. glabellar folds do not respond as well as static rhytides, i.e. periocular folds caused by ageing and ultraviolet exposure. The technique of laser skin resurfacing results in vaporisation of the epidermis and upper dermal layers with subsequent repair resulting in an improved cosmetic appearance. This relatively precise skin ablation with reduced thermal damage results in a more reproducible and superior result than alternative techniques such as dermabrasion or chemical peels.

Patients for laser resurfacing should be carefully selected and understand the aims and limitations of laser treatment. A thorough history with particular emphasis upon the use of topical skin preparations, allergies and sensitivities and previous herpetic infections is taken. Fair skinned patients (Fitzpatrick grades 1 and 2) are ideal for resurfacing whereas darker skinned individuals (Fitzpatrick grades 3 and 4) run a risk of post laser hyperpigmentation and should be approached cautiously. Laser resurfacing is contra-indicated in patients with deeply pigmented skin (Fitzpatrick grades 5 and 6). Pre-operative photographs with detailed diagrams and sketches are mandatory.

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