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Brief Communication
September 2003

Psychological Predictors of Patient Satisfaction With Laser Skin Resurfacing

Author Affiliations

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Division of Otolaryngology, Edwards R-135
Stanford University Medical Center
Stanford, CA 94305-5328
(e-mail: rjk@stanford.edu)
San Mateo, Calif

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2003;5(5):445-446. doi:10.1001/archfaci.5.5.445

LASER SKIN resurfacing using pulsed wave carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers is an important component in the armamentarium of facial plastic surgeons, among others.1 As previously reported, pulsed CO2 laser skin resurfacing produces a quantifiable improvement in skin elasticity.2 This study was performed when ablative resurfacing was at a peak; however, some of the clues to patient selection may also be applicable to the current market-driven procedures. Many patients undergo resurfacing procedures with high expectations of outcomes. In the demanding or psychologically disturbed patient, these expectations may be distorted or unrealistic. The purpose of this study was to evaluate true patient satisfaction with the results of pulsed CO2 laser skin resurfacing as well as to identify potential psychological indicators that may serve as warnings of likely dissatisfaction. Surveys developed in conjunction with the Stanford University Department of Psychiatry were used.

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