Collagen Contraction Versus Compaction

Dermal ablation is believed to unroof nerve endings in which inactive herpes type I resides. Together with the warm, bacteria-free, serum-rich environment of the treated skin, this is a setup for an overwhelming herpetic infection. All full-face resurfacing patients as well as those undergoing perioral resurfacing, should have prophylaxis with Zovirax, Femvir, or Valtrex for 2 days preoperatively and 8 days postoperatively. Patients presenting with serious herpetic infection postoperatively should be admitted for IV antiviral agents.

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