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.
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