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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2006 February;141(1):45-53

language: English

Recent advances in laser dermatology

Goldberg D. J., Alokaily H. A.

Department of Dermatology Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA


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Laser physics, safety and a greater understanding of the concept of selective photothermolysis has led to a proliferation of lasers and laser like devices over the last 20 years. The treatment of vascular lesions was followed by the development of pigment specific lasers in the 1980s. In the 1990s ablative laser resurfacing (and non-ablative dermal remodeling) and the laser and light source treatment of unwanted hair became very popular techniques. This article will present 4 of the most recently developed techniques in the laser and laser like arena. Topics to be addressed are fractional resurfacing as an alternative for ablative and non-ablative resurfacing; cosmetic photodynamic therapy; radiofrequency for skin tightening; and the treatment of unwanted hair in darker skin types. It is recognized that all 4 areas are controversial. However, 20 years ago the treatment of children’s port-wine stains was also controversial. There will continue to advances in laser dermatology.

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