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Considering facial resurfacing surgery?

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It’s always better to be an informed consumer, especially when it comes to your health! Before you select a facial resurfacing therapy, make sure you do the following.


  • Find a plastic surgeon, general surgeon, or dermatologist who has been licensed to perform these procedures.
  • Tell your doctor about your medical history and any medications or dietary supplements you may be taking – particularly if you have had past skin sensitivity to a medical treatment.
  • Talk with your doctor to figure out which type of resurfacing therapy will be best for your skin type.
  • Ask for the total cost up-front, including repeat visits.   Multiple treatments may be required to achieve the desired effect.
  • Ask questions!  You will want to know:
    • Whether you will require anesthesia
    • What risks are involved
    • How long it will take to recover
    • What you can do to help the healing process
    • When you should expect to notice the results
    • How long you can expect the results to last

Skin resurfacing procedures are not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration. However, the devices used to perform these procedures are regulated by the FDA. Physicians who perform these procedures should be board-certified, licensed or otherwise qualified in using the dermatologic devices and qualified to perform the procedures. To find a trained dermatologist or to learn more about your dermatologist, please click here.