The degree of wrinkle reduction is not as significant as that seen with the ablative devices and thus, patient dissatisfaction can be an issue. The improvement is often referred to as skin "toning" or "plumping up of the skin," in contrast to the "tightening" often seen with ablative resurfacing. Appropriate patient education about the degree and unpredictability of enhancement is the key to success for these procedures. Good quality preoperative photography is helpful to document these changes as they can be subtle and improvement occurs over time, making the change less apparent.
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