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Laser resurfacing of the face: analysis and diagnosis

      Laser skin resurfacing has been the most rapidly evolving area in facial rejuvenation. Interest in this technology has paralleled the growing quest for more youthful skin. There has been a rapid expansion of all types of skin rejuvenation, from over-the-counter topical treatments to the more sophisticated use of lasers. What was the mainstay for cutaneous exfoliation less than half a decade ago (the CO2 laser) has been eclipsed by less invasive techniques. A number of lasers with shorter or even no healing time have been developed. With such a variety in treatments, the cosmetic surgeon must properly evaluate the patient's needs and select an appropriate treatment plan.
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