Microablative fractional resurfacing with the dermal optical thermolysis (DOT) laser enables treatment of a diversity of skin conditions with short post-procedure recovery time and an extremely low incidence of adverse side effects. This according to a recent study that aimed to evaluate the incidence of adverse effects following laser skin resurfacing with the microablative carbon dioxide (CO2) laser system. Researchers conducted a retrospective chart review and data was collected for DOT laser procedures performed at 3 clinical centers from 2008-2014. They found:
- Of the 1,081 DOT laser procedures, there were 13 complications (1.3% of all cases), which included 11 cases of prolonged erythema and 2 cases of post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.
- There were no cases of scarring.
Sarnoff D, Gotkin RH, Doerfler LB, Gustafson CJ, Hanke CW. The safety of laser skin resurfacing with the microablative carbon dioxide laser and review of the literature. J Drugs Dermatol. 2018;17(11):1157.