Are there any complications associated with laser skin resurfacing?
Every operation has potential complications, but surgeons tend not to do procedures with high complication rates. Preventing complications with laser skin resurfacing has a lot to do with correct patient selection, pre op preparation and post op care. You should not have a lot of pain after the procedure. It should feel like a bad sunburn for 3-6 hours. If you are have a lot of pain a day or two after surgery, I would be concerned that you might have a viral infection. You would be on an anti-viral medication to prevent. You will also be on an antibiotic to prevent bacterial infection. If you have dark skin, you are at risk for hyper pigmentation (increased irregular pigment). You might not be a candidate for the procedure. If you have very light skin, the laser can lighten it too much; the surgeon needs to know how to blend the edges of the lasered areas and dial back the energies. Scars are possible but rare. You need to make sure that the skin does not peel prematurely after the procedure. We use generous amounts of Aquaphor to prevent this. Sun screen is key in post op laser resurfacing and care adherence to post op instructions is most important.