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Will prior sun damage affect my facelift?

Stuart A. Linder, MD
Plastic Surgery
Sun damage can be deliterious to the results of a facelift (rhytidectomy). Ultraviolet damage can cause increased fine wrinkles that generally are not amenable to facelifting. CO2 Laser resurfacing and skin peels (Retin-A, phenol) are most successful in eradicating these fine lines. Avoiding ultraviolet light for prolonged periods of time will help combat the aging process.

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