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How can you prepare for laser skin resurfacing?

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Start by consulting a plastic surgeon or dermatologist to find out if you're a good candidate.

Tell your doctor if you get cold sores or fever blisters around your mouth. Laser skin resurfacing can trigger breakouts in people who are at risk.

If you decide to go ahead with laser skin resurfacing, your doctor will ask you to not take any medications or supplements -- such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or vitamin E -- that can affect clotting for 10 days before surgery.

If you smoke, you should stop for two weeks before and after the procedure. Smoking can prolong healing.

Your doctor may prescribe an antibiotic medication beforehand to prevent bacterial infections and also an antiviral medication if you are prone to cold sores or fever blisters.

From: Laser Skin Resurfacing WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: "Skin Resurfacing."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Laser Facial Resurfacing."

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: "Facial Peels And Laser Surgery."

Penn Medicine: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

Cosmeticsurgery.com: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

FDA

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Laser skin resurfacing cost."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 14, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: "Skin Resurfacing."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Laser Facial Resurfacing."

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: "Facial Peels And Laser Surgery."

Penn Medicine: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

Cosmeticsurgery.com: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

FDA

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Laser skin resurfacing cost."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 14, 2017

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