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Are there a lot of variations in different plastic surgeons' laser resurfacing procedures and what complications can occur?
Laser resurfacing of skin is most commonly performed with the CO2 and Erbium lasers. These laser ablate or destroy the layers of the skin removing wrinkles, folds, etc. Some CO2 lasers are fractionated to produce less damage to the skin by leaving areas of the skin untouched by the laser. Healing is often quicker with these types of Laser resurfacing treatments, but often several treatments can be required.
It is very important that if you are considering Laser Resurfacing that you seek out a practitioner very familiar with Laser Ablation. These procedures can and do cause permanent damage to the skin if they are not utilized properly. May I suggest you seek out a member of the ASAPS in your area. They are experts in Laser Skin Resurfacing.
Gary R Culbertson, MD, FACS