Nicholas Stewart, MBBS. Adrian C Lim, FACD. Patricia M Lowe, FACD. Greg Goodman, FACD.
Lasers and laser-like devices: Part one
Article first published online: 10 APR 2013
© 2013 The Authors. Australasian Journal of Dermatology © 2013 The Australasian College of Dermatologists
Australasian Journal of Dermatology
Volume 54, Issue 3, pages 173–183, August 2013
How to Cite
Stewart, N., Lim, A. C., Lowe, P. M. and Goodman, G. (2013), Lasers and laser-like devices: Part one. Australasian Journal of Dermatology, 54: 173–183. doi: 10.1111/ajd.12034
- Issue published online: 2 AUG 2013
- Article first published online: 10 APR 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 15 JAN 2013
- Manuscript Received: 12 DEC 2012
- energy devices;
- intense pulsed light;
- tissue optics;
Lasers have been used in dermatology for nearly 50 years. Through their selective targeting of skin chromophores they have become the preferred treatment for many skin conditions, including vascular malformations, photorejuvenation and acne scars. The technology and design of lasers continue to evolve, allowing greater control of laser parameters and resulting in increased safety and efficacy for patients. Innovations have allowed the range of conditions and the skin types amenable to treatment, in both general and cosmetic dermatology, to expand over the last decade. Integrated skin cooling and laser beam fractionation, for example, have improved safety, patient tolerance and decreased downtime. Furthermore, the availability and affordability of quality devices continues to increase, allowing clinicians not only to access laser therapies more readily but also to develop their personal experience in this field. As a result, most Australian dermatologists now have access to laser therapies, either in their own practice or within referable proximity, and practical knowledge of these technologies is increasingly required and expected by patients. Non-laser energy devices utilising intense pulsed light, plasma, radiofrequency, ultrasound and cryolipolysis contribute to the modern laser practitioners' armamentarium and will also be discussed.