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Chronology of healing events in pulsed CO2 laser skin resurfacing in fuzzy rat
Author(s): Sharon L. Thomsen; Jeff Ellard; Jon A. Schwartz; Kathy Nolan
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Paper Abstract

Qualitative and quantitative histopathologic procedures were used to study the chronology of healing and mechanism(s) of wrinkle removal using pulsed CO2 laser irradiation. Lesions placed on 'Fuzzy' rat skin were examined pathologically at 0, 2 and 10 days and 2, 4, 8 and 12 weeks. Re-epithelialization began before 2 days and was complete by 10 days. Lethal thermal damage of the epidermis and superficial dermis led to necrosis and slough of the necrotic tissue. Fibrous dermal scar formation was well established at 10 days and, over the next 10 weeks the scar matured and contracted. The proposed mechanisms of wrinkle removal are (1) lethal thermal damage to the upper layers of the skin, (2) slough of the necrotic tissue and (3) re-epithelialization and (4) fibrous scar formation producing a smooth skin surface.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 1998
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3245, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems VIII, (1 July 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.312305
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Sharon L. Thomsen, Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (United States)
Jeff Ellard, Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (United States)
Jon A. Schwartz, Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (United States)
Kathy Nolan, Univ. of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3245:
Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems VIII
Graham M. Watson; Harvey Lui; Lou Reinisch; Penny J. Smalley; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; R. Rox Anderson; Lawrence S. Bass; Kenneth Eugene Bartels; C. Gaelyn Garrett; Lloyd P. Tate; Sharon L. Thomsen; Reza S. Malek; Aaron P. Perlmutter; R. Rox Anderson; Lawrence S. Bass; C. Gaelyn Garrett; Kenton W. Gregory; Harvey Lui; Reza S. Malek; Aaron P. Perlmutter; Lou Reinisch; Penny J. Smalley; Lloyd P. Tate; Sharon L. Thomsen; Graham M. Watson, Editor(s)

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