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Review of the Literature: Treatment of Dyspigmentation with Fractionated Resurfacing

Emily P Tierney
BACKGROUND: Fractional photothermolysis has been reported in the literature to improve pigmentary and textural changes associated with acne scarring. OBJECTIVE: To review the literature for the treatment of acne scarring using nonablative fractional laser (NAFL) and ablative fractional laser (AFL) resurfacing. METHODS: Review of the Medline literature evaluating NAFL and AFL for acne scarring. RESULTS: NAFL and AFL are safe and effective treatments for acne scarring...
July 2011: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
Emily P Tierney, C William Hanke
BACKGROUND: Traditional ablative laser resurfacing is associated with adverse side effects, including prolonged erythema, edema, burning, milia, acne, crusting, and hypo- and hyperpigmentation. Fractional photothermolysis (FP) has been introduced to overcome the disadvantages of traditional ablative and nonablative resurfacing. With FP, the microscopic, pixilated pattern of wounding in the dermis results in significant skin pigmentary and textural improvements without the adverse effects of prolonged wound healing and risks of dyspigmentation associated with traditional ablative resurfacing...
October 2010: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
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