CO2 Laser Skin Resurfacing Prophylaxis

  • Jemshed A. Khan


Large raw exposed facial areas following resurfacing may invite devastating bacterial cellulitis (Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus pyogenes, and Pseudomonas aeruginosa), primary herpes simplex, or reactivation of latent herpes simplex with disseminated facial scarring. To achieve therapeutic levels at the time of treatment, physicians may prescribe prophylactic antibiotic and antiviral medications prior to surgery.


Laser skin resurfacing Prophylaxis Exposed facial areas Resurfacing Bacterial cellulitis Herpes simplex Facial scarring Antibiotic medications Antiviral medications 

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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jemshed A. Khan
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  1. 1.Department of OphthalmologyKansas University School of Medicine, Kansas University Medical CenterKansas CityUSA

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