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Thermal injury and shrinkage in human skin in vitro after Tru-Pulse, Silktouch, and Ultrapulse exposure: preliminary results
Author(s): Lawrence S. Bass; Earl Demallie; Sherrell J. Aston
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Paper Abstract

An increasing number of lasers are in clinical use for treatment of facial rhytides and scars. Each one of these lasers has a significantly different delivery profile while sharing a photothermal mechanism to ablate surface layers of skin. The biological mechanism by which smoother skin results is still under study. Factors in achieving clinical improvement may include tissue ablation, tissue shrinkage, and the inflammatory response produced by the layer of thermally injured dermis which underlies the ablated skin or produced by the need to heal a large raw skin surface. Clinical results suggest that the available lasers all produce some measure of the 'resurfacing effect.' Given the diversity of delivery parameters employed, a comparison of the tissue effects would be useful. We sought to compare the depth of thermal injury and the degree of tissue shrinkage produced by three commonly used resurfacing lasers.

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Date Published: 22 May 1997
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2970, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems VII, (22 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.275057
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Lawrence S. Bass, New York Univ. Medical Ctr. and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (United States)
Earl Demallie, New York Univ. Medical Ctr. and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (United States)
Sherrell J. Aston, New York Univ. Medical Ctr. and Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2970:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems VII
R. Rox Anderson; Harvey Lui; Michail M. Pankratov; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; Gerhard J. Mueller; Graham M. Watson; Reza S. Malek; Lawrence S. Bass; Lloyd P. Tate; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; R. Rox Anderson; Lawrence S. Bass; Aaron P. Perlmutter; Kenton W. Gregory; David M. Harris; David M. Harris; Harvey Lui; Reza S. Malek; Gerhard J. Mueller; Michail M. Pankratov; Aaron P. Perlmutter; Hans-Dieter Reidenbach; Lloyd P. Tate; Graham M. Watson, Editor(s)

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