The Selection and Education of Laser Patients

  • Murad Alam
  • Natalie Kim


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.


Laser Treatment Carbon Dioxide Laser Cosmetic Procedure Laser Procedure Body Dysmorphic Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Dermatology, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck SurgeryNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Dermatology, Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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