Understanding Cosmetic Laser Surgery

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Overview

Lasers enable safe and predictable resurfacing to smooth facial wrinkles as well as surgery to remove aging tissue from eyelids while minimizing bruising. Lasers can also eliminate excess blood vessels and unwanted hair, and erase tattoos without scarring. Understanding Cosmetic Laser Surgery explains laser technology and its suitability for many cosmetic surgeries. Topics include physiology of the skin, basics of surgical procedure, preparation for surgery, possible risks, and postoperative recovery. This information is presented in clear, jargon-free language that explains how a laser procedure is accomplished without affecting the surrounding skin. A comprehensive overview that keeps the patient's perspective in mind, Understanding Cosmetic Laser Surgery is for the general reader and for those considering this elective surgical procedure. This useful, enlightening book written by a practicing professional answers questions patients ask and lets them know what to expect before, during, and after surgery.
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Reviewer: Jeffrey S. Rosenthal, MD (Bridgeport Hospital)
Description: This book offers insights into the workings and benefits of the laser.
Purpose: The author's introduction brings to light questions regarding the laser and therapeutic benefits thereof that one would want satisfied prior to engaging in such an endeavor. Purposefully written with this in mind, Dr. Langdon provides the reader with these answers.
Audience: Written by a practicing dermatologist who apparently knows his way around a light emitter, this book is directed at the patient. Nonetheless, physicians and student/residents who wish a simplified explanation of the laser will also be rewarded. Despite providing information simplistically, there is a degree of didactic prose that could possibly overwhelm the nonmedical reader.
Features: Eight chapters are assembled in a manner that enable the reader to browse subjects of interest without being overwhelmed. Commencing with historical background, the book then covers laser physics and an interesting treatise regarding the components of the skin and how this large organ ages, wrinkles, and discolors, necessitating laser intervention. Next, the mechanism by which laser improves the appearance and quality of skin and the basic characteristics necessary for the laser to achieve these benefits is presented. A few photos depicting laser treatment results offer a brief glimpse of what this technology offers. Lastly, complementary procedures to the laser are noted; however, the discussion results in little appreciable understanding of the topic.
Assessment: Patients seeking a Cliff Notes version of the laser will draw information from this book. It is a solid example of how a complicated subject can be made understandable.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578065875
  • Publisher: University Press of Mississippi
  • Publication date: 3/11/2004
  • Series: Understanding Health and Sickness Series
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.26 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Langdon, M. D., a private-practice dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon in Guilford, Connecticut, is a clinical assistant professor of dermatology at the Yale University School of Medicine.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 What Are Lasers and How Do They Work? 3
2 The Skin 10
3 Facial Aging: More than Skin Deep 25
4 Lasers Used to Improve the Skin's Appearance 29
5 What Is It Like to Be Treated with a Nonsurgical Laser? 43
6 What Is It Like to Be Treated with a Surgical Laser? 52
7 Complementary Procedures to Cosmetic Laser Surgery 70
8 Getting Good Results 82
Glossary 85
Index 93
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2004

    Excellent book!

    Dr. Langdon has written an extremely informative book. With the detail of a medical expert and scientist Dr. Langdon explains to the reader the various aspects of modern cosmetic laser procedures and laser technology. I found this book clearly written, easy to read and walked away with a deeper understanding then I expected. I recommend this book to anybody that is interested in a better insight into cosmetic laser procedures and the options available.

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