Among my most recent endeavors that have kept me busy, I recently returned from Orlando where I attended the annual meeting of the prestigious American Society of Laser Medicine and Surgery. This meeting is where experts worldwide update the latest advances in laser technology, and exchange ideas on new treatments for skin and tissue problems. The weather was nice compared to the end of winter in Maine, although most of the daylight hours were unfortunately spent indoors.
However, I am proud to say that at this meeting, I was accepted into the ASLMS in recognition of my 5 years experience in laser medicine and skin care. I look forward to an ongoing relationship with experts I met at this meeting, and I am seriously evaluating several new additions to my laser practice based on information I learned there. Such potential advancements will include tattoo removal, new “blue light” therapy for acne and actinic keratoses (precancerous skin lesions), and new web-based technology for photo documentation of treatments. More updates will be included in later posts as I continue to investigate these and other innovations introduced at that Orlando conference.
Among the new studies presented at the Orlando meeting was one concerning the use of the Nd:YAG 1064 laser, which is the Lyra laser used in our office, in treating mild to moderate acne scars. The study, conducted by experts at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil, had patients of all skin types ages 18-36 years old receiving 5 monthly treatments with the laser. Mild to moderate improvements were observed in all patients, and a mean satisfaction rate of 8.8 out of 10 was reported.
In addition, nearly 92% of the patients graded their satisfaction as 8 to 10. Side effects were limited to mild transient redness and increased skin sensitivity, but only immediately following the procedures. The Brazilian doctors performed biopsies, which proved that the scars improved because of increased collagen production. Collagen, by the way, is the foundation of smooth skin, which acts to smooth out deep scars from previous acne.
In other words, this study shows that the technology we are currently using continues to provide good results, and is in fact the state-of the-art way of treating acne scars. The research also confirms what we see visually in that collagen production is stimulated, and as a result, scars become less deep and noticeable.
As I’ve stated in previous newsletters, acne is best treated using multiple approaches, including laser & topical products. As always, we have our very popular acne kit that can be ordered from our office or on our website at your convenience. Just like the scientists in Brazil have shown, you can buy from us or set appointments with us with full confidence that your skin problems will be significantly reduced. More advancements, not to mention blog posts, will be coming soon.
This entry was originally written as an e-newsletter exclusively for our subscribers on May 5, 2008. The information has been edited to illiminate dated references, but the main points of the article remain unchanged. As always, feel free to contact us with any questions, or post any comments (within reason) you may have.