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Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing of rhytides and photodamaged skin.


Carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing has been used as a method to treat rhytides and photodamaged skin. This laser offers several advantages over previously utilised modalities but its use has several inherent risks. This article will review important aspects of CO2 laser resurfacing including laser-skin interactions, patient selection, effective pre- and post-operative regimens and potential complications.

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