Feasibility of Skin Deepithelialization Using the Contact Neodymium-Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet Laser.
In a manner similar to laserbrasion, the carbon dioxide (CO2) laser has a proven role for expediting skin deepithelialization, which is an essential component of many reconstructive procedures. However, the contact Neodymium-Yttrium-Aluminum-Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser has many additional attributes such as tactile feedback and less plume that theoretically offer an advantage over the CO2 laser for this adjunctive maneuver. In rat experimental models and clinical applications, removal of the epidermis necessary for skin deepithelialization may indeed be achieved using a rounded probe for vaporization with the contact Nd:YAG laser. Unfortunately, the length of time necessary for skin deepithelialization with the Nd:YAG laser exceeded even conventional methods, such that this role with the present technology, although possible, is inefficient and impractical.
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Hallock, G. G., & Rice, D. C. (1992). Feasibility of skin deepithelialization using the contact neodymium-yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser. Lasers In Surgery And Medicine, 12(4), 397-400.
Medicine and Health Sciences | Other Medical Specialties | Plastic Surgery | Surgery
Department of Surgery, Department of Surgery Faculty