12 May 2009

Consult a plastic surgeon and a dermatologist who have extensive experience using a laser. Only experienced and knowledgeable doctors will know which laser is most appropriate for each condition and will have received appropriate training on the device. For example, acne scars may be best treated with a CO2 laser, while other lasers may be preferred for other types of scars.

Using a qualified doctor will increase your odds of success and reduce the risk of complications. I strongly recommend that you consider choosing a doctor who is board certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties.

Here are some tips to consider when consulting a doctor :
  • Ask about credentials, training, and the number of times the procedure has been performed in the practice. Ask the doctor to show you his certificate and photo before and after treatment.
  • Which equipment will be used, where the procedure will be performed, and the extent of the procedure.
Ask these questions bellow to your doctor before decide to do the treatment :
  1. How should I prepare my skin for the treatment?
  2. Where is the procedure performed? How long will the procedure take?
  3. What kind of anesthesia is used?
  4. How much does the procedure cost?
  5. Is there any complication before? How many of them? And what is the cause?
  6. Will you repeat or correct procedures if it does not meet agreed upon goals? And if the procedure must be repeated / corrected, will I be charged again?
  7. Could I observe the exact procedure I am considering before I decide to have the procedure?
  8. What should I expect after care treatment, in terms of soreness, what to watch for, medication, bathing, and level of activity?
  9. Who will be assisting during the procedure? What are their qualifications?
  10. Do you have privileges to perform laser resurfacing with a CO2 laser at an accredited hospital?
Be sure to :
  • Tell your doctor about any allergies you have and medications, herbal supplements or natural supplements that you are taking, especially Acutane before the surgery. This medication affects the skin’s ability to heal after laser resurfacing.
  • Be sure to tell your doctor if you smoke. Smoking can lead to complications and poor healing.
  • Tell your doctor if you have been exposed to significant amounts of radiation, have a history of unusual or poor scarring, or cold sores– like herpes or shingles or serious medical conditions
  • Tell your doctor if you have had previous facial surgery.
  • Arrange for someone to drive you home after the procedure.

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