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Photorejuvenation: still not a fully established clinical tool for cosmetic treatment
Author(s): Wei Gong; Shusen Xie; Hui Li
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Paper Abstract

Several methods have been used to improve the esthetic appearance of photodamaged skin including dermabrasion, chemical peels and laser resurfacing using CO2 and Er:YAG laser. These procedures sacrifice epidermis, resulting in a long recuperation period and potential complications including persistent scarring, infection, hyperpigmentation, etc. Compared to ablative CO2 or Er:YAG laser resurfacing, non-ablative photorejuvenation technologies are playing an increasing role in the treatment of photodamaged skin. The clinical objective of which is to maximize thermal damage to upper dermis while minimizing injury to overlying skin. A variety of laser and non-laser systems have been used in the initial stage for this treatment. In our review, different treatment modalities have resulted in varying degrees of clinical effects. The basic mechanisms relate to improvement in employing non-ablative technologies are also discussed. Photorejuvenation is still not a fully established clinical tool for cosmetic treatment according to our review, therefore more research on basic mechanisms should be made.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 2006
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 6026, ICO20: Biomedical Optics, 602604 (2 February 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.667086
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Wei Gong, Fujian Normal Univ. (China)
Shusen Xie, Fujian Normal Univ. (China)
Hui Li, Fujian Normal Univ. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6026:
ICO20: Biomedical Optics
Gert von Bally; Qingming Luo, Editor(s)

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