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Current Dermatology Reports

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 232–238 | Cite as

Accelerating Ablative Fractional Resurfacing Wound Healing Recovery by Photobiomodulation

  • Daniel BaroletEmail author
Laser Therapy (J Jagdeo, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Laser Therapy

Abstract

Ablative cosmetic procedures are almost inevitably followed by an acute healing phase resulting in discomfort, erythema, edema, and crusting. Since patients are constantly asking for no downtime procedures, a considerable challenge to health care providers has resulted. Recently, photobiomodulation (PBM) with light-emitting diodes has attracted attention in wound healing management via its anti-inflammatory effects and increase in skin collagen production. PBM has been shown to promote wound healing processes both in vitro and in vivo at the epidermal and dermal levels in the skin. The combined favorable anti-inflammatory and collagen metabolism effects enhance collagenesis and elastinogenesis. A growing body of clinical evidence is showing that PBM, using 600–1000 nm light wavelengths, as soon as possible post-procedure and thereafter, successfully accelerates the acute healing phase via faster wound healing so as to reduce patient downtime. This article reviews that evidence and shows that PBM applied pre- and post-ablative fractional resurfacing treatment minimizes postoperative downtime enhancing patient satisfaction. It will hopefully become part of our rapidly expanding treatment armamentarium in order to ultimately improve patient care.

Keywords

LED Light-emitting diodes Photobiomodulation Low level light therapy LLLT Ablative fractional resurfacing Erbium: YAG laser Photoprevention Complimentary treatment Wound healing Wound recovery Rejuvenation Rhytids Wrinkles Erythema Edema 

Notes

Acknowledgments

I am grateful to Greg Cormack for the careful proofreading and editing of the manuscript.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Dr. Daniel Barolet delares patented technology related to photobiomodulation using sequential pulsing modes.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Dermatology DivisionMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.RoseLab Skin Optics LaboratoryLavalCanada

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