Skin Resurfacing with Carbon Dioxide Laser
Skin aging manifested by rhytides, laxity, and photoaging has been treated by laser skin resurfacing using a large variety of modalities, with carbon dioxide (CO2) laser proving to be the gold standard for the past few decades. Standard ablative CO2 laser resurfacing, while still the most highly effective, is associated with a greater side effect profile and risk of complications. For these reasons, fractional ablative CO2 laser resurfacing has emerged as a highly effective, yet far safer, top tier treatment for rhytides and photoaging of the aging skin. In this chapter, we will address background information on standard and fractional CO2 laser resurfacing; proper patient selection; pre-, peri-, and postoperative instructions; treatment, prevention, and management of complications; and clinical efficacy.
KeywordsPhotoaging Skin aging Laser skin resurfacing Carbon dioxide laser Fractional Efficacy Complications
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