Health Watch — Best Face Forward: Laser Surgery

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about putting your best face forward. Some of us have more wrinkles and discoloration than any lotion can deal with, but these days you don’t have to go under the knife to get a smoother face. Instead, you go under the laser.

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center have recently finished testing a new kind of laser to reduce wrinkles, tighten the skin and reduce discoloration. Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, an expert on laser plastic surgery at UT Southwestern, says the fractional laser is like aerating your lawn — it creates a bunch of spots treated by the laser with normal skin in between. That allows the laser to go deeper for better results, with the normal skin bridging the gaps and promoting faster healing. Procedures with this laser may require some anesthetic, but they can be done on an out-patient basis.

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April 2008

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