CO2 Laser Resurfacing Immediate Postoperative Care Prior to Complete Epithelialization
Wound care is designed to hasten the resolution of erythema and minimize postinflammatory hyperpigmentation subsequent to reepithelialization (Table 136.1). Topical application of hydrocortisone cream 1% at bedtime for up to 6 weeks after surgery will minimize both conditions. Postinflammatory hyperpigmentation is also reduced by the prophylactic use of sunscreen SPF 30 or greater for 12 weeks after surgery. Topical hydroquinone cream 4% may be applied at bedtime to speed the resolution of hyperpigmentation.
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