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
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.
Castillo GD, Remigio D. Temporary Tarsorrhaphy During Facial Resurfacing Surgery. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2001;3(4):280-281. doi: