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Clinical Studies

Cutagenix for 'Remarkable' CO2 Laser Recovery

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THE USE OF A PERFLUROCARBON EMUSION AS A POST LASER AFTER CARE

Kevin Duplechain, Mark Rubin

Acadiana Otolaryngology HNS LLC, Lafayette, LA; Lasky Skin Center, Beverly Hills, CA

Background: Fractional carbon dioxide (CO2 ) laser resurfacing continues to be a very desirable treatment with the advent of fractionated treatment devices. Complications still develop at undesirable rates with several recent articles demonstrating the continued occurrence of unwanted side effects and varied treatment protocols. The lack of standard post procedure protocols and the failure to identify a single product as an effective product leads to higher than desired complications. The effectiveness in reducing complications by a perflurocarbon emulsion in CO2 resurfaced patients was undertaken in 100 consecutive patients.

Study: One hundred (100) patients underwent CO2 resurfacing. Each patient was treated with the perflurocarbon emulsion three times daily. Antivirals were prescribed in all cases, but the use of antibiotics and steroids were excluded. After laser resurfacing, patients were advised to report their observations such as increased erythema, comfort, healing, or signs of infections.

Results: One Hundred patients (100%) completed the study. None of the patients developed acneform eruptions, infections either viral or bacterial, and healed within the expected time of one week. Two (2) patients (2%) developed a single site milia treated by unroofing the lesion with a needle. No other complications were noted.

Conclusion: The use of a perflurocarbon emulsion provides an excellent post laser after care with fewer complications than previously reported when petrolatum based products were utilized. Overall patient satisfaction with the perfluorocarbon emulsion as post laser after care to soothe and calm the skin were very high.