Carlsen K.H.,Copenhagen University |
Esmann J.,Center for Laser Surgery |
Serup J.,Copenhagen University
Current Problems in Dermatology (Switzerland) | Year: 2017
Studies of satisfaction with tattoo removal outcomes by laser, rated by clients themselves, including qualitative aspects, are sparse. We studied long-term results and client satisfaction with tattoo removal by Q-switched YAG laser. Client satisfaction is influenced by numerous factors: pretreatment expectations, objective observations, pretreatment information, laser treatment procedures, and outcome, including subjective experiences such as pain. Client-surgeon interaction during the full laser treatment course is a major determinant of client satisfaction. The client is in a dynamic state of mind and undergoes a change of opinion during a laser treatment course as a result of his/her experiences. In this continuous process of learning, expectations are changed from a state of high expectation before treatment to a more realistic state with acceptance of outcome. The laser surgeon shall be aware of his/her role as a tutor and prepare the client for a situation, where outcomes can be acceptable albeit not ideal. © 2017 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Sherling M.,Harvard University |
Friedman P.M.,DermSurgery Associates |
Friedman P.M.,University of Houston |
Friedman P.M.,Methodist Hospital |
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Dermatologic Surgery | Year: 2010
Background Nonablative fractional photothermolysis has revolutionized the way we treat a number of common skin conditions with laser technology. OBJECTIVE A comprehensive guide is needed for clinicians using this technology to treat specific skin conditions in various skin types. MATERIALS AND METHODS Recommendations were made from a recent round table discussion among experienced physicians and a review of recent literature findings. RESULTS Optimal laser parameters are dependent on patient skin type and condition. We recommended guidelines for the successful treatment of several common skin conditions on and off the face using nonablative fractional photothermolysis. Specific conditions were dyschromia, rhytides, acne scars, surgical scars, melasma, and striae distensae. CONCLUSIONS We developed reproducible guidelines to most effectively treat a variety of skin types and conditions using nonablative fractional photothermolysis. Future large, multicenter trials are indicated for further optimization of treatment parameters. Reliant Technologies paid travel expenses and honorariums to all authors. © 2010 by the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery, Inc.