Results of laser resurfacing are good to excellent depending on the indication for which the procedure was performed.
Patient satisfaction is based on the delivery of natural results with minimal downtime and a low incidence of complications.
Actinic changes are improved to the greatest degree. Wrinkles typically are improved by 60-80%, while scars are improved to a lesser degree.
Improvement can be seen in deeper skin folds of the cheeks, forehead, and neck, malar bags, and even in the excess skin of the upper eyelid (pseudo blepharoplasty effect), but their improvements are less predictable.
Static lines are improved to a greater degree than dynamic lines. Treatment of these dynamic lines with botulinum toxin A provides significant improvement.
Heat stimulates the sub dermal collagen to regenerate over 60 – 90 days. Patients should be reassessed and/or retreated at 3 – 6 months.