Facelift surgery and laser resurfacing technically address two different concerns. A facelift corrects facial sagging and extra skin, while laser resurfacing improves skin quality and provides some minor tightening. Both procedures are effective on their own but have specific advantages when performed together. Here are some of the benefits of adding laser resurfacing to facelift surgery.
A facelift creates a more youthful appearance by altering the contours of the face. Beyond the extra skin it removes, a facelift does not address sun damage, acne scars, hyperpigmentation, or other concerns that can come with aging and environmental damage. Laser resurfacing does improve these concerns which ultimately improves the results of a facelift.
A facelift by itself only affects the lower and midface (sometimes even just the lower face). Laser resurfacing–typically–involves the full face. This can provide mild tightening in areas that may not need full surgical intervention yet, but could still benefit from a little extra tightening.
Since the laser resurfacing and facelift can be performed at the same time, patients heal and recover from them at the same time. Therefore, patients usually do not experience any added recovery time versus if they underwent the two procedures separately.
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