Complications of laser resurfacing and their management

Scot A. Sullivan, Roger A. Dailey

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Purpose: To describe complications associated with laser resurfacing along with specific treatment recommendations. Methods: The authors' experiences with laser resurfacing complications are discussed in conjunction with a review of published reports. Current preoperative and postoperative regimens are also presented. Results: Postoperative erythema occurs in all patients and is considered a transient side effect, not a complication. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, scarring, wound infections, milia, ectropion, pain, acneiform eruptions, pruritis, and contact dermatitis are reported by multiple authors. Specific interventions combined with the passage of time allow most of these complications to resolve, leaving the patient with an acceptable final result. Conclusions: Although laser resurfacing is a safe and effective method of facial rejuvenation, the cosmetic surgeon must be aware of the various complications that may be encountered. Prompt recognition of complications and appropriate management provide the best opportunity for an acceptable aesthetic outcome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)417-426
Number of pages10
JournalOphthalmic plastic and reconstructive surgery
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Ophthalmology


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