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Plast Reconstr Surg. 2000 Dec;106(7):1608-11; discussion 1612-3.

Combined rhytidectomy and full-face laser resurfacing.

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  • 1University of California Irvine Medical Center, Division of Plastic Surgery, Orange 92868, USA.


A series of patients undergoing a combined face lifting procedure with simultaneous laser resurfacing is described. Although resurfacing is accepted as safe for deep-plane face lifts and forehead lifts, there are reports of preauricular skin loss with a standard face lift. In this series, 26 consecutive cases are described. A superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS) face lift technique was used. A skin flap was developed no more than 3.0 cm from the preauricular area, and most of that was excised. Full-face laser resurfacing was done with the SilkTouch laser. An 8-mm square pattern was used at 16 to 18 W. Three to four passes were done. Care was taken, however, to do very superficial lasering of the periphery, especially over the small amount of undermined skin that remained. There was no preauricular skin loss. This series demonstrates the safety of combining laser resurfacing with the SMAS technique face lift in regard to preauricular skin loss.

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