Title: Clinical uses of lasers in dermatology.
Author: Wheeland RG
Journal: Lasers Surg Med 1995;16(1):2-23
PMID: 7715398, UI: 95231236
Affiliated institution: Department of Dermatology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque 87131, USA.
The accessibility of the skin to examination and study has permitted dermatologists to play an extremely important role in defining the clinical usefulness and limitations of many laser systems as well as developing innovative concepts, techniques and devices that further improved the effectiveness of laser treatment. As new laser technology evolved over the years, dermatologists have also helped define the specificity of laser-tissue interaction and employed the newly developed laser technologies in innovative ways which further expanded the usefulness of these devices. One of the most important concepts to be developed by dermatologists–selective photothermolysis–has led to the creation of a series of laser systems which have provided numerous unique advantages in the management of many common vascular and pigmented conditions of the skin and mucous membranes, even in infants and children. The net result of these technologic advances has been the creation of new and effective treatment techniques which have been so profoundly superior to existing technology that they have been rapidly incorporated into the daily practice of most dermatologists.