Side effects and after effects
The consequences and side effects depend on the type of laser used (CO2 or erbium), the modality (continuous or fractional) and the parameters used (which will be discussed with the patients, they determine the importance of the result and the consequences).
Fractional erbium laser at the end of the session, a feeling of warming is felt; the treated area is red (whose intensity and duration depend on the parameters used).
The down time is short and the risk of disorders of pigmentation (spots) is low.
Fractional CO2 laser
The side-effects are more onerous than with erbium laser treatment: patients experience the sensation of sunburn or of burning
There will be 7 days’ recovery time.
Scars, hyperpigmentation, acromia (lighter marks), and infections have been linked to the use of very high settings in the most ‘at risk’ zones (notably the neck).
Continuous wave laser : 15 days’ recovery time should be allowed. During this time, you will need closed plasters applied on a daily basis for around 5 days. Post-laser pain is moderate.