Facial plast Surg 2005; 21(2): 83-98
DOI: 10.1055/s-2005-872409
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Laser Techniques Associated with Facial Aesthetic and Reparative Surgery

M. A. Trelles1 , P. Brychta2 , J. Stanek2 , I. Allones1 , J. Alvarez1 , G. Koegler3 , R. Luna1 , C. Buil1
  • 1Instituto Médico Vilafortuny/Antoni De Gimbernat Foundation, Cambrils, Spain
  • 2Department of Plastic Surgery, University Hospital Brno, Brno, Czech Republic
  • 3Zentrum fur Aesthetic Medizin, Rosenburg, Austria
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Publication Date:
28 July 2005 (online)

ABSTRACT

Chronological aging is a natural biological event that is seen particularly in the face. Attempts to correct the results of this facial loss of structural form are sometimes successful. The skin itself is usually neglected, and surgery sometimes fails to achieve the goals expected by the patient. The surgical laser offers an extremely elegant and powerful solution to this problem to complement or enhance the results of selected surgical facial aesthetic procedures as follows: (1) ablative full-face CO2 laser resurfacing in combination with facelifting; (2) laser surgical technique for upper eyelid ptosis; (3) lower eyelid blepharoplasty with the aid of the CO2 laser; (4) full-face resurfacing following minilifting of the lower part of the face; (5) endoscopic eyebrow lifting combined with laser resurfacing; (6) perioral CO2 laser resurfacing in combination with facelifting; and (7) several miscellaneous procedures (e.g., treatment of upper and lower xanthelasma with laser upper blepharoplasty, laser resurfacing in combination with fillers, and laser resurfacing of periocular wrinkles after surgical blepharoplasty). In the hands of the authors, the combination of laser and standard surgical procedures presented herein has consistently produced good results and high patient satisfaction. The complication rate is low and the recovery rate is excellent. Laser treatment enhances the natural look obtained by conventional surgeries.