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Treatment of hypertrophic scars and keloids with an LBO laser (532 nm) and silicone gel sheeting.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  20085452     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Keloid scars continue to be a complex and poorly understood subject. The main problem faced by researchers is the lack of an animal model because keloids affect only humans. Traditional techniques for keloids and hypertrophic scars are still available. More recently, lasers have gained an increasing role in the treatment of hypertrophic scars and keloids. METHODS: A total of 37 consecutive patients (31 females and six males; F:M=5:1 ratio) with 48 scars (34 hypertrophic and 14 keloids) were included in this study. Patients ranged in age from 8 to 67 years (mean age 34 years) with Fitzpatrick skin types II-IV. The age of scars ranged from 3 to 35 months (average 9 months). The scars were classified according to the Vancouver Scars Scale (VSS). Clinical digital photography was performed under standard and cross-polarized illumination. Laser treatment was performed in association with silicone gel sheeting. RESULTS: Overall, excellent resolution of the scars was achieved, with an initial average VSS score of 12.6 and a mean VSS final score of 3.3. CONCLUSION: The combined use of silicone gel sheeting and a 532-nm millisecond laser is an effective and safe treatment for hypertrophic scars and keloids.
Daniel A Cassuto; Luca Scrimali; Paolo Sirag?
Publication Detail:
Type:  Clinical Trial; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of cosmetic and laser therapy : official publication of the European Society for Laser Dermatology     Volume:  12     ISSN:  1476-4180     ISO Abbreviation:  J Cosmet Laser Ther     Publication Date:  2010 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-01-20     Completed Date:  2010-03-23     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101136419     Medline TA:  J Cosmet Laser Ther     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  32-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Catania, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cannizzaro Hospital, Catania, Sicily, Italy.
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MeSH Terms
Cicatrix, Hypertrophic / radiotherapy*
Erythema / etiology
Keloid / radiotherapy*
Laser Therapy, Low-Level / adverse effects,  methods*
Middle Aged
Silicone Gels / therapeutic use*
Young Adult
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Silicone Gels

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