The Selection and Education of Laser Patients

  • Murad AlamEmail author
  • Meghan Dubina


Several measures can affect the likelihood of optimal treatment results and patient satisfaction. First, a suitable candidate must be selected. As with many cosmetic procedures, unreasonable expectations, body dysmorphic disorder, relevant psychiatric illness, and chronic dissatisfaction with prior physicians are concerning factors. Additionally, patient dissatisfaction is frequent following treatment of minor complaints or those for which reliable, efficacious treatments are not available. Tanned patients or patients of color are at risk for dyschromia, and treatment may need to be delayed or modified accordingly.


Adverse events Body dysmorphic disorder Contraindications Counseling Dissatisfaction Education Hyperpigmentation Patient selection Psychiatric illness 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, Otolaryngology, and SurgeryNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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