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Lasers Surg Med. 1997;21(1):7-12.

Control of hypertrophic scar growth using selective photothermolysis.

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Surgical Services, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston 02114, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE:

Previous studies have shown a clinical improvement of hypertrophic scars (HS) after treatment with a pulsed dye laser. The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of variations in pulse wavelength and energy density on HS tissue using human HS implanted in athymic mice.

STUDY DESIGN/MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Small pieces (approximately 1 mm3) of HS tissue were implanted into athymic mice and allowed to grow for 5 days. The implant site was then exposed to a single 450 microseconds pulse, and implant growth and histology were monitored for an additional 12 days. Laser wavelength and energy density ranges tested were 585-600 nm and 2-10 J/cm2, respectively.

RESULTS:

Using a wavelength of 585 nm, laser treatment inhibited implant growth by 70% at 6 J/cm2 and 92% at 10 J/cm2, respectively. The inhibitory effect decreased as the laser wavelength was increased from 585 to 600 nm. A widespread destruction of the implant microvasculature with a minor effect on surrounding extracellular matrix at the highest light dose were observed.

CONCLUSION:

Pulsed laser treatment inhibits HS implant growth in nude mice. This effect is likely mediated by selective photo-thermolysis of the implant microvasculature.

PMID:
9228634
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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