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October 2000

Treatment of Complications of Laser Skin Resurfacing

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From the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington, DC.


From the Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington, DC.


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Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2000;2(4):279-284. doi:

During the past decade, cutaneous laser resurfacing has evolved into a primary treatment modality for photoinduced facial rhytides, lentigines, facial dyschromias, and atrophic scars.1-11 Major advances in laser technology during the past 15 years have made possible the ability to perform safe and reliable laser resurfacing of facial skin. In fact, cutaneous laser resurfacing has become so popular in North America that more than 150,000 procedures were performed in 1999 alone. Fortunately, most adverse reactions associated with laser resurfacing are mild and, when recognized early, are easily treated. Serious complications may result after laser resurfacing, however, and may be due to various factors, including surgeon inexperience, inappropriate or inadequate postoperative wound management, and individual patient characteristics (skin phototype, UV light exposure, and postoperative compliance). For these reasons, laser surgeons must be aware of all potential adverse effects associated with cutaneous laser resurfacing, so that when one does occur, appropriate interventions can be promptly initiated to prevent further cutaneous damage.

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