Microbiologic Activity In Laser Resurfacing Plume And Debris

With the performance of CO2 laser resurfacing in venues such as television studios, concerns have arisen in the plastic surgical community about appropriate safety precautions being taken. The literature supports the presence of viable tumor cells and intact viral DNA and proviral human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-DNA within the laser plume during laser ablation procedures utilizing continuous-wave lasers. Furthermore, inspired laser vapor by-products have been demonstrated to cause anatomically identifiable lesions in animals.