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Dermatol Surg. 2010 Apr;36(4):461-9. doi: 10.1111/j.1524-4725.2010.01483.x. Epub 2010 Feb 19.

Consensus recommendations on the use of an erbium-doped 1,550-nm fractionated laser and its applications in dermatologic laser surgery.

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Department of Dermatology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Nonablative fractional photothermolysis has revolutionized the way we treat a number of common skin conditions with laser technology.

OBJECTIVE:

A comprehensive guide is needed for clinicians using this technology to treat specific skin conditions in various skin types.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Recommendations were made from a recent round table discussion among experienced physicians and a review of recent literature findings.

RESULTS:

Optimal laser parameters are dependent on patient skin type and condition. We recommended guidelines for the successful treatment of several common skin conditions on and off the face using nonablative fractional photothermolysis. Specific conditions were dyschromia, rhytides, acne scars, surgical scars, melasma, and striae distensae.

CONCLUSIONS:

We developed reproducible guidelines to most effectively treat a variety of skin types and conditions using nonablative fractional photothermolysis. Future large, multicenter trials are indicated for further optimization of treatment parameters.

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