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September 2001

In Favor of Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Laser Resurfacing

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Dermatol. 2001;137(9):1251-1252. doi:

We read with great interest the article "Antibiotic Prophylaxis for Full-Face Laser Resurfacing: Is It Necessary?" by Gaspar et al.1 Semantically and logically, one would tend to agree with their conclusion that antibiotic prophylaxis is "useful but not essential." However, from a practical point of view, we interpret their data as further evidence in favor of antibiotic prophylaxis. Clearly, an infection rate of 29% (4/14), with the potential sequelae of scarring, is unacceptable. The relevance and importance of this rate are underscored by the fact that the 4 patients involved had both microbiological and clinical documentation of infection.1