Non-tuberculous mycobacterial infections following cosmetic laser procedures: a case report and review of the literature

J Drugs Dermatol. 2015 Jan;14(1):80-3.


Skin infections are not uncommon after cosmetic laser procedures. Infection rates following ablative laser resurfacing procedures are reported to be as high as 7.6%, compared to 1.9% for fractional ablation. An infrequent yet important infectious complication of ablative laser treatment is that caused by non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM).

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cosmetic Techniques / adverse effects*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy / adverse effects*
  • Laser Therapy / methods
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / diagnosis
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / etiology*
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / diagnosis
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / etiology*
  • Skin Diseases, Bacterial / microbiology