Laser & Light Source Treatments for the Skin Mathew M Avram, Paul M Friedman, Marc R Avram
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3Laser and Light Source Treatments for the Skin
Mathew M AvramMD JD Director, MGH Dermatology Laser and Cosmetic Center Massachusetts General Hospital Assistant Professor of Dermatology Faculty Director for Procedural Dermatology Harvard Medical School Boston, Massachusetts, USA Paul M FriedmanMD Director, Dermatology and Laser Surgery Center Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology University of Texas Houston Medical School Houston, Texas, USA Clinical Assistant Professor of Dermatology Weill Cornell Medical College, The Methodist Hospital New York, NY, USA Series Editor Marc R AvramMD Clinical Professor of Dermatology Department of Dermatology Weill Cornell Medical College, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA
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5Dedicated to
My entire family
My parents Morrell and Maria Avram who gave me love and support throughout my life
My beautiful wife Alison, and
My children Rachel, Alexander and Noah who inspire me everyday, and
My brothers and sister Marc, Eric, David and Rella I owe everything to each and every one of you
—Mathew M Avram
My wife and soulmate Joanna for her love, devotion and steadfast encouragement
My life has been enriched in so many ways since meeting you
My son Geoffrey Ray for teaching me the truly important things in life
My parents Irving and Diane for teaching me the value of hard work and for their enduring affection, and
My siblings Robin Friedman-Musicante MD and Edward Friedman MD for their inspiration and support
—Paul M Friedman
My wife Robin, and
My two children Robert and Jacob for their love and support They are an inspiration to me everyday, and
My parents for a lifetime of love and support
—Marc R Avram
7Contributors 9Foreword
Laser and Light Source Treatments for the Skin represents the inaugural topic in a series dedicated to cosmetic dermatology. Twenty-first century dermatology utilizes lasers for both esthetic and medical applications. No longer is there a separation between esthetic and medical training in dermatology. Lasers are a central treatment modality to treat a wide variety of skin diseases ranging from vascular malformations to acne.
Paul M Friedman MD and Mathew M Avram md jd have assembled an outstanding group of contributors who have created a state-of-the-art comprehensive review of lasers in the treatment of skin diseases. This textbook will be an invaluable resource for both the novice and experienced laser surgeon.
I want to thank Paul and Mathew for their unrelenting dedication to create the finest textbook in print covering the topic of lasers in dermatology.
Marc R Avram MD
Clinical Professor of Dermatology
Department of Dermatology
Weill Cornell Medical Colege, New York
Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY, USA
Laser and Light Source Treatments for the Skin provides a comprehensive, clinically relevant survey of cutaneous laser surgery written by the top authorities within this field. Importantly, this text focuses not only on lasers but also light sources and other energy-based devices such as radiofrequency, intense pulsed light, ultrasound and cryolipolysis.
Topics range from vascular lesions to laser hair removal to noninvasive fat removal. New techniques and clinical pearls are emphasized throughout the text. Chapters have numerous charts, tables and clinical photographs to assist the reader in understanding these new techniques in a user-friendly manner. The text begins with an overview of the basic science principles behind these laser and energy-based technologies. From there, it is organized by clinical topics and includes chapters detailing treatments for: acne, acne scars, vascular lesions, pigment, tattoos, laser hair removal, rhytides, noninvasive fat removal, tissue tightening, ethnic skin, and a myriad of other topics. We feel that these chapters will benefit both the neophyte as well as the experienced laser surgeon because there is an emphasis on basic principles at the same time as there are many cutting-edge treatments that are detailed. Extensive verbiage is eschewed in favor of straightforward explanation. In all cases, the safe and effective use of these treatments is detailed by experienced laser surgeons in order to avoid patient injury.
This book provides an excellent, comprehensive, practical overview of the field of laser, light source and other energy-based treatments within the field of dermatology.
Mathew M Avram
Paul M Friedman
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