Complications of Fractional CO2 Laser Resurfacing: Four Cases


Fractional ablative laser therapy is a new modality which will likely be widely used due to its efficacy and limited side-effect profile. The purpose of the study is therefore to recognize, characterize, and report complications in order to acknowledge the limits of therapeutic efficacy and to improve the safety of these devices. The study looks at four cases, one involving scarring of the eyelid and the others involving scarring of the neck.


The paper examined why scarring of this type occurs, and why it appears to be unusual in fractional ablative laser therapy. The study concludes that these cases highlight the need for close followup in the first weeks after treatment, as well as demonstrate that there is still much to learn about this technology.

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