Update on Cutaneous Laser Therapy

Recent Medical Advances of Laser Light and Skin Interactions

Daniel I Wasserman; Gary S Chuang

Disclosures

Expert Rev Dermatol. 2011;6(2):163-174. 

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Abstract and Introduction

Abstract

The introduction of the theory of selective photothermolysis has brought to medicine an entirely new therapeutic modality for treating cutaneous disorders. With ongoing research into existing therapies, cutaneous laser medicine is experiencing an expansion in application and safety profiles for many existing technologies. Additional trials and reports have also deepened our understanding and broadened our use for many existing cutaneous laser applications, such as for the treatment of pigment disorders, scarring, vascular disorders and noninvasive removal of fat. Recent data has demonstrated a valuable role of combined pharmacologic and laser modalities for the treatment of vascular malformations. This article will review recent developments of cutaneous laser science and technologies over the last several years, including such innovations as fractional photothermolysis and cryolipolysis.

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