Better to Do Laser Resurfacing Before Effects of Sun Damage Appear?

I am 32 and considering doing laser resurfacing now, before the effects of tanning in my 20's really begin to show. If I get a procedure done now, will it stop or slow the damage I did in my 20's? Right now, I have a couple of spots of discoloration and fine smile lines around my eyes. I am mainly interested in stimulating collagen production and preventing wrinkles.

Doctor Answers 2

Laser and developing sun damage

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As a young adult who is concerned about sun damage, I would suggest not using the lasers if you do not need them, and go on a good skin care regimen.

New York Plastic Surgeon
4.2 out of 5 stars 30 reviews

Laser resurfacing before visible photodamage occurs

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You might be taking an unnecessary risk if you have no wrinkles or sunspots and undergo laser resurfacing for preventative reasons. You might be better off to use long term Retin-A cream and sunscreen. Ask a dermatologist to evaluate your skin.

Ronald Shelton, MD
Manhattan Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 39 reviews

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