BOTH CARBON dioxide and erbium:YAG laser resurfacing, among other dermal wounding techniques, have been documented to improve photoaged skin. Although there are advocates for each of these technologies, there is no question that both lead to clinical improvement.1,2 Unfortunately, ablative techniques are sometimes accompanied by adverse effects and complications. The most common of these is postoperative erythema, an adverse effect that is experienced by virtually all patients who are treated with these modalities. Other potential risks induced by ablative dermal wounding modalities are infections, delayed healing, postoperative pigmentary changes, and scarring.
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