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Fractional laser thermolysis for scarring: a review of the evidence

Fractional laser thermolysis for scarring: a review of the evidence Despite numerous advances, scarring can still be the cause of considerable cosmetic and functional problems for many. The cost to the patient in terms of restriction of movement, pain, itching, and decreased quality of life is impossible to ascribe a financial value to. Traditionally, the main treatment for deep dermal burns has been excision and skin grafting. Although this has offered improvement for patients, it still leads to poor clinical outcomes. This review of the literature suggests that the use of fractional laser thermolysis is able to significantly improve the appearance of scarring, as well as reduce the functional restriction associated with burns and trauma. Fractional laser thermolysis can also offer burn centres the ability to not only treat existing scarring, but also to improve their strategy for managing deep dermal burn injuries. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Aesthetic Nursing Mark Allen Group

Fractional laser thermolysis for scarring: a review of the evidence

Journal of Aesthetic Nursing , Volume 4 (6): 5 – Jul 2, 2015

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Mark Allen Group
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Copyright © 2015 MA Healthcare Limited
ISSN
2050-3717
eISSN
2052-2878
DOI
10.12968/joan.2015.4.6.281
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Abstract

Despite numerous advances, scarring can still be the cause of considerable cosmetic and functional problems for many. The cost to the patient in terms of restriction of movement, pain, itching, and decreased quality of life is impossible to ascribe a financial value to. Traditionally, the main treatment for deep dermal burns has been excision and skin grafting. Although this has offered improvement for patients, it still leads to poor clinical outcomes. This review of the literature suggests that the use of fractional laser thermolysis is able to significantly improve the appearance of scarring, as well as reduce the functional restriction associated with burns and trauma. Fractional laser thermolysis can also offer burn centres the ability to not only treat existing scarring, but also to improve their strategy for managing deep dermal burn injuries.

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Journal of Aesthetic NursingMark Allen Group

Published: Jul 2, 2015

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