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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia Wong, MD (Stanford University Medical Center)
Description: It has been nearly 10 years since the first edition of this book was published. This edition compares the new laser devices available to treat similar conditions, discussing the indications for choosing a particular laser in terms of specific advantages offered by a particular wavelength, pulse duration, and cooling dynamics when considering certain skin types. It also provides excellent sample consent forms for various laser procedures.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an updated overview of currently available lasers to treat various skin conditions, such as hair removal, ablative and nonablative rejuvenation, and vascular and pigmented disorders. The chapters are organized by the primary dermatological nature of the lesion: vascular, pigmented, unwanted hair, actinic damage, and aging changes.
Audience: The audience is dermatologists.
Features: This is a useful reference for deciphering the differences in the myriad of lasers on the market. Tables list the lasers available for treating pigmented lesions, the manufacturer, fluences, pulse duration, wavelengths, spot sizes, etc. Dermatologists contemplating the purchase of a laser would find this book useful. One of its main strengths is the discussion of how laser physics needs to be applied to the clinical effect the physician is aiming to achieve. For example, the rationale for choosing shorter or longer pulse durations for hair thickness, skin pigmentation, and minimizing epidermal injury is nicely explained.
Assessment: I recommend this as a good clinical introduction to understanding how lasers work and the considerations that must be taken into account when choosing a particular laser modality for a particular condition. The writing is straightforward and the physics is explained clearly without encumbering the reader with mathematical derivations and technical language.