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Complications of Ablative and Nonablative Lasers and Light Sources

  • Elizabeth L. Tanzi
  • Tina S. Alster

Abstract

Complications of cutaneous laser surgery can be understood by reviewing the evolution of laser technology over the past several decades. Lasers initially were designed to operate in a continuous-wave (CW) mode, which produced a continuous beam of radiation that subsequently was absorbed by a tissue chromophore. Although particular skin structures could be destroyed using these early lasers, their use was limited because the energy emitted not only altered the target, but also conducted heat into adjacent nonirradiated tissue. The nonselective thermal injury produced in adjacent tissue resulted in significant side effects and complications; specifically, dyspigmentation, and scarring.1, 2, 3

Keywords

Intense Pulse Light Carbon Dioxide Laser Laser Resurface Photodamaged Skin Intense Pulse Light Treatment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth L. Tanzi
    • 1
  • Tina S. Alster
    • 2
  1. 1.Johns Hopkins Medical CenterWashington DCUSA
  2. 2.Georgetown UniversityWashington DCUSA

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