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Treatment of burn scars with the 1,550 nm nonablative fractional erbium laser.
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PMID:  22674649     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: Scarring is a major source of morbidity in patients with burns. Burn scars are difficult to treat and are among the worst scars seen in clinical medicine. Fractional laser resurfacing is a promising treatment option because of its unique wound healing response and depth of penetration. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the efficacy of nonablative fractional resurfacing as a therapeutic option for extensive cutaneous scarring in burn patients. METHODS: Prospective, single-arm, pilot study. Ten subjects with second and third degree burn scars were treated with five nonablative fractional resurfacing treatments given at 4-week intervals. Three independent investigators evaluated subject outcomes at 3 months post-treatment (primary outcome); patients also provided subjective assessments of improvement (secondary outcome). RESULTS: Nonablative fractional resurfacing resulted in overall improvement in 90% of subjects, as determined by independent investigators; improvements were moderate to excellent in 60%. Ninety percent of subjects had improved skin texture, 80% had improved dyschromia, and 80% had improved hypertrophy/atrophy. Patients' self-reports also revealed moderate to excellent improvements (on average) in burn scar area, and significant improvements in self-esteem at 3 months post-treatment (P = 0.03). LIMITATIONS: Small sample size and lack of control group. CONCLUSIONS: Fractional resurfacing is a promising new treatment modality for burn scars. We should continue to identify novel approaches and management strategies for the spectrum of diverse burn scars so that we can better treat this patient population. Lasers Surg. Med. © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Jill Waibel; Adam J Wulkan; Mary Lupo; Kenneth Beer; R Rox Anderson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-6-1
Journal Detail:
Title:  Lasers in surgery and medicine     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1096-9101     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-6-7     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8007168     Medline TA:  Lasers Surg Med     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2012 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
Miami Dermatology & Laser Institute, 7800 SW 87th Avenue Miami, Florida 33173.
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