Carbon dioxide laser resurfacing of peri-oral rhytids in scleroderma patients

David B. Apfelberg*, John Varga, Steven S. Greenbaum

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BACKGROUND. The short pulse duration high-energy carbon dioxide (CO2) lasers have been used in the past for treating cutaneous pathology and more recently for cosmetic improvements of rhytids, photo-aging, and acne. OBJECTIVE. This study was undertaken to determine the benefits of CO2 laser resurfacing on the severe peri-oral rhytidosis commonly seen in patients with systemic scleroderma. METHODS. Three patients were studied and evaluated for satisfactory wound healing, improved cosmetic result, and lack of complications. RESULTS. All three patients experienced significant improvement following laser resurfacing. CONCLUSION. The study demonstrated the safe and effective treatment for peri-oral rhytidosis in patients with generalized scleroderma utilizing CO2 laser resurfacing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)517-519
Number of pages3
JournalDermatologic Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology


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