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Brief Communication
October 2001

Temporary Tarsorrhaphy During Facial Resurfacing Surgery

Author Affiliations

Savoy, Ill
Seltzer Eye Associates
805 Pamplico Hwy, Suite A-220
Florence, SC 29505
(e-mail: DremigioMD@aol.com)

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2001;3(4):280-281. doi:

FACIAL LASER resurfacing has become a common procedure to treat static facial rhytids.1 With proper training and technique, experienced laser surgeons can produce dramatic aesthetic improvements with relatively low risk for complications.

To ensure low complication rates, attention to detail is mandatory. Correct patient selection, preoperative skin preparation, postoperative treatment regimens, careful laser application to the correct depth of penetration, and proper safety measures intraoperatively are all crucial to maximize results.2 Frequent postoperative visits allow timely diagnosis and aggressive treatment of any problems that do result. A few of the possible more frequent complications are persistent erythema, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, herpes simplex reactivation, Candida infection, bacterial infection, contact dermatitis, acne flare-up, ectropion, excoriation, and demarcation lines.3-5 Rarely, hypertrophic scarring can also occur.5-7 Most of these complications are aesthetic in nature and are therefore less catastrophic than devastating functional complications that fortunately appear to be rare.

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