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The role of lasers and intense pulsed light technology in dermatology

Authors Husain Z, Alster T

Received 11 August 2015

Accepted for publication 4 December 2015

Published 4 February 2016 Volume 2016:9 Pages 29—40


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Jeffrey Weinberg

Zain Husain,1 Tina S Alster1,2

1Department of Dermatology, Georgetown University Hospital, 2Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery, Washington, DC, USA

Abstract: The role of light-based technologies in dermatology has expanded dramatically in recent years. Lasers and intense pulsed light have been used to safely and effectively treat a diverse array of cutaneous conditions, including vascular and pigmented lesions, tattoos, scars, and undesired hair, while also providing extensive therapeutic options for cosmetic rejuvenation and other dermatologic conditions. Dermatologic laser procedures are becoming increasingly popular worldwide, and demand for them has fueled new innovations and clinical applications. These systems continue to evolve and provide enhanced therapeutic outcomes with improved safety profiles. This review highlights the important roles and varied clinical applications that lasers and intense pulsed light play in the dermatologic practice.

Keywords: laser, intense pulsed light, treatment, dermatology, technology

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