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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 1999 August;134(4):307-14

Copyright © 1999 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: Italian

Laser therapy. Present dermatologic applications

Procaccini E. M., Santoianni P.

Università degli Studi di Napoli, «Federico II» - Napoli, Clinica Dermatologica


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Lasers, characterized by some properties as monochromaticity, coherency and a highly collimated beam, have many dermatologic applications because different laser sources are now available over the entire optical spectrum with different interactions with cutaneous structures. It is now possible to state the specific dermatologic applications of lasers. Some cutaneous disorders, as port wine stain and other vascular lesions (Argon laser and dye laser), tattoos (Nd-YAG, diode and Alexandrite lasers) and some benign lesions (CO2 laser) can be treated with some advantages in comparison with other traditional therapy. In some disorders their use is possible in alternative to traditional treatment (some other vascular lesions, skin resurfacing), whereas some laser are yet in an experimental phase (solid laser). Some “aesthetic” applications lack of scientific support and must be discouraged also to avoid unjustified risks.

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