Pearls and Pitfalls in Cosmetic Oculoplastic Surgery

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CO2 Laser Resurfacing Immediate Postoperative Care Prior to Complete Epithelialization

  • Jemshed A. KhanAffiliated withDepartment of Ophthalmology, Kansas University School of Medicine, Kansas University Medical Center

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Wound care is designed to hasten the resolution of erythema and minimize postinflammatory hyperpigmentation subsequent to reepithelialization (Table 136.1). Topical application of hydrocortisone cream 1% at bedtime for up to 6 weeks after surgery will minimize both conditions. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation is also reduced by the prophylactic use of sunscreen SPF 30 or greater for 12 weeks after surgery. Topical hydroquinone cream 4% may be applied at bedtime to speed the resolution of hyperpigmentation.
Table 136.1

Resurfacing Postoperative Care Prior to Epithehalization