I’m a 48 year old female, am fit and look pretty good for my age.  I have worn sun blocks daily for the last few years but I did sit out in the sun a lot when I was younger.  My neck is not drooping yet but I am getting many fine lines on my face.   I have heard a lot about lasers but am confused as to which treatment would be best for me.  Jane G., Corona del Mar, CA

It would be impossible to tell you which treatment would be most beneficial to you without being able to see you in person and to learn your expectations.  We offer a wide variety of lasers and peels to provide our patients with a complete solution for your skin condition.    Our lasers can be used to remove unwanted hair (only if it is dark), treat spider veins and red telangiectasias on extremities, faces and the trunk, to lessen the red on faces of rosacea patients, on scars and to treat acne, to lessen hyperpigmentation on skin from sun damage (with the IPL laser) and to resurface skin to remove surface blemishes, discoloration and wrinkles from excessive sun exposure.  A facelift or blepharoplasty alone cannot remove wrinkles and are especially inadequate for wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.  The chemical peel and laser skin resurfacing procedures minimize the outer wrinkled and sun damaged skin - as the new skin grows in, it will be less sun damaged (i.e. paler) and will have less lines and wrinkles.   The key word here is minimize (not eliminate), as none of these procedures can remove all of the lines, marks or surface discolorations.  Treating physicians have their personal favorites, but there isn't any evidence that a peel or laser are superior to each other - what determines the healing time and the result is the depth to which the skin is treated.   The deeper the treatment, the longer it will take to heal, but a deeper treatment is necessary to remove deeper lines.   Also, it should be noted that such procedures are not appropriate for people who are sun tanned, continue to tan, who have darker skin tone to begin with.   The fall and winter are ideal times to have a laser resurfacing procedure because the sun is not as intense, and people tend to spend less time outdoors.

45 year old former lifeguard with sun damaged skin, hyperpigmentation

on her nose and deep lines around her mouth, before and after a full face

resurfacing procedure.   Actual patient of Dr. Bunkis – your results may vary.


72 year old, Japanese American tennis player who now uses sun blocks regularly.

She has a facelift ten years earlier but this did not improve the texture of her skin. Before and after skin resurfacing.

Actual patient of Dr. Bunkis – your results may vary.

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