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What are the benefits and risks of laser skin resurfacing?

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Although skin resurfacing cannot produce perfect skin, it can improve the appearance of your skin. Potential risks of the procedure include:

  • Burns or other injuries from the laser's heat
  • Scarring
  • Changes in the skin's pigmentation, including areas of darker or lighter skin
  • Reactivating herpes cold sores
  • Bacterial infection

From: Laser Skin Resurfacing WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: "Skin Resurfacing."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Laser Facial Resurfacing."

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: "Facial Peels And Laser Surgery."

Penn Medicine: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

Cosmeticsurgery.com: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

FDA

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Laser skin resurfacing cost."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: "Skin Resurfacing."

University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center: "Laser Facial Resurfacing."

American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: "Facial Peels And Laser Surgery."

Penn Medicine: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

Cosmeticsurgery.com: "Laser Skin Resurfacing."

FDA

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Laser skin resurfacing cost."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 25, 2019

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