Complications of Chemical Peels, Dermabrasion and Laser Resurfacing

Authors: F. Brian Gibson, M.D., and Stephen W. Perkins, M.D.


The number of aesthetic facial procedures continues to increase every year; there were a total of 11 million procedures performed in 2005, 9 million of which were nonsurgical. The demand for these procedures has increased dramatically, particularly in the area of facial resurfacing, with 550,000 chemical peels, 1 million microdermabrasion procedures, and 400,000 laser resurfacing procedures carried out in 2005. Facial resurfacing is now an integral part of the aesthetic facial surgeon’s palette of techniques for facial rejuvenation.