OVER THE PAST 20 years lasers have gone from being available only in a few academic medical centers to being widely available and used by mainstream dermatologists in private practice. Lasers are rapidly becoming an essential part of dermatology practice. The theory ofselective photothermolysis developed by Anderson and Parrish in 1983 has, along with technological development, unlocked the power oflasers for the safe and effective treatment of many skin lesions.
In this issue of Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, we have selected topics dealing with the most recent developments in laser surgery. These 7 topics were selected to bring the reader up-to-date on the state-of-the-art in laser surgery.
There has been an explosion of interest in the use of this new technology to resurface photoaged skin, as well as to treat scars.
The following review discusses the newest devices in development or currently available for skin rejuvenation.
SINCE THE EARLY 1960s, with the discovery of laser technology, melanocytic lesions and tattoos have been desired targets for laser therapy.
Although sclerotherapy is a highly effective treatment modality, there has been great interest in developing laser techniques that would be simpler to perform and provide improved efficacy with limited side effects.