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Is pearl fractional laser treatment the best way to get rid of wrinkles on cheeks and sagging skin?

Q:

I am 61 years old and spend a lot of time in the sun golfing in Arizona.  I have wrinkles on my cheeks and sagging skin.  Is pearl fractional laser treatment the best choice to correct this.  I was told that I would be better off with a lower face lift.  Is it necessary to go under anesthesia for a lower face lift.  I would prefer the laser since it is non-invasive.  I was told that it isn't volume that I've lost, it is elasticity.  Please advise.

A:

There are several options to consider including fractional lasers, laser peels, chemical peels, and facelift surgery. Lasers and surgery are often complimentary procedures rather than alternatives, because each does something different. Surgery can lift and reshape, while skin treatments rejuvenate the surface including areas that surgery does not help such as around the mouth. Lasers on the other hand will not give the effect in the neck that surgery does. Anesthesia can be local with intravenous sedation.

R.A. Baxter, MD

Richard A. Baxter, M.D.
Mountlake Terrace, WA

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