Erbium YAG Laser Skin Resurfacing Workup

Updated: Aug 12, 2019
  • Author: Meir Cohen, MD, MPS; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Laboratory Studies

No specific preoperative laboratory evaluation is required before laser resurfacing.


Imaging Studies

As before any cosmetic procedure, obtain preoperative photographs of the patient.


Diagnostic Procedures

Testing in an inconspicuous area may be warranted if resurfacing is planned for locations that are at high risk for complications, such as the skin of the neck, the chest, and the dorsum of the hands. In elderly persons, these areas may be atrophic and have even fewer adnexal structures to serve as islands for reepithelialization. [4]