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The role of ablative lasers in cutaneous scars: tissue regeneration to restore function (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Nathan Uebelhoer

Paper Abstract

Many laser wavelengths with various power and pulse characteristics have been used in an attempt to improve cutaneous scars. No single configuration has produced such dramatic changes in quality of life as the high energy, low density, sub-millisecond pulsed ablative infrared laser. Hundreds of wounded military service members with burn and traumatic scars that resulted in disabling restriction in range of motion have been treated since 2008. By fractionating the pulse to produce a uniform thermal injury less than 400um wide and to a depth of 3mm into the scar, we have observed dramatic reductions in scar-induced pain, pruritus, and most significantly, improvements in range of motion. The clinical and histologic changes seen in restrictive scars following treatment correlates with a regeneration of tissue that appears and functions more like normal tissue rather than scar. This lecture will describe our experience in the military and the latest research to support our observations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 April 2017
PDF: 1 pages
Proc. SPIE 10037, Photonics in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, 100370N (19 April 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2257071
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Nathan Uebelhoer, Naval Medical Ctr. San Diego (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10037:
Photonics in Dermatology and Plastic Surgery
Bernard Choi; Haishan Zeng; Nikiforos Kollias, Editor(s)

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