Question: I’m in my early 40s with a fair complexion. I’ve always taken care of myself and avoided too much sun exposure, so I’m happy with my looks and the overall condition of my skin. However, I would still like to target the wrinkles and fine lines that are starting to develop on my face. The high-end moisturizers and serums I use help, but they’re not quite giving me the results I’d like. I don’t know that much about laser skin resurfacing but I like the idea because it doesn’t involve chemicals or injecting a foreign substance into my body. Is this procedure an option for me and the issues I’d like to address? Are there any potential complications I should know about?
Answer: With fair complexion, CO2 laser resurfacing would be a good option for you. Erbium laser is a weaker laser but also a choice. Fractionated lasers like FRAXEL are also options. The strength of the resurfacing you require depends on your skin and your tolerance for down time depending on your work and social life. Starting with a good at home skin care program like OBAGI is the initial starting point. Obagi changes your skin rather than simply moisturizing it.