Weather was not a distraction at the 22nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS), which spanned 5 rainy April days in Atlanta, Georgia, from April 10-14, 2002. The well-attended conference, which featured a combination of courses, lectures, and 5- to 15-minute mini-presentations, covered areas of laser medicine and photobiology as disparate as photodynamic therapy, nonablative dermal remodeling, and optical diagnostic imaging.
For the attending dermatologist or plastic surgeon interested in expanding his or her laser surgery practice, the meeting proved to be an educational marathon. In addition to covering veteran topics such as laser hair removal, laser skin resurfacing (LSR), and treatment of vascular and pigmented skin lesions, the meeting highlighted recent hot topics, including nonablative dermal remodeling and photorejuvenation, laser treatment of leg veins, and the use of a new generation of radiofrequency energy devices to induce dermal collagen tightening.
While this author attended research presentations in the dermatology/plastic surgery group, it should be noted that the annual ASLMS meeting also showcases innovative laser and photomedicine research in areas as diverse as basic science, biostimulation, dentistry, nursing and allied health, surgery, and veterinary medicine.
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Cite this: Graeme M Lipper. American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery 2002: Shedding Light - Medscape - Jun 11, 2002.