Consent

Informed consent is mandatory and should include treatment options, potential risks, and benefits. No guarantees should be made. A carefully written, detailed consent that explains the above is suggested (Fig. 5.1).

CO2 & ERBIUM LASER RESURFACING PATIENT INFORMATION AND CONSENT WHAT IS LASER SKIN RESURFACING?

The carbon dioxide (CO2) laser has been used for more than 25 years for treating the skin. An intense beam of light is emitted, which heats and vaporizes skin tissue instantly. Recently developed Carbon Dioxide and Erbium Lasers are able to perform highly specific vaporization of tissue using powerfully focused light to precisely remove the layers of skin, vaporizing the ridges of scars and wrinkles and smoothing out the surface of the skin. In addition, the skin often tightens and collagen remodeling occurs with layers of new collagen replacing sun-damaged collagen. The CO2 laser tightens the skin more while the erbium laser is used more for sculpting. We may use both of these lasers to maximize benefit depending on each individuals'needs.

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