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Laser resurfacing; technique using laser therapy to remove fine lines and wrinkles, pigmented areas, and tattoos.


(fo?to?ther-mol'i-sis) [ photo- + thermolysis]
The use of light produced by lasers to produce heat damage. photothermolytic (-mo'lit-ik), adjective

fractional photothermolysis

A method of laser skin resurfacing in which laser energy is directed at pinpoint, broadly separated islands of skin instead of larger swaths to remove cosmetically unappealing blemishes in skin color and texture. The technique is used to minimize the time it takes to restore normal epithelium to the treated surface.
Synonym: fractional ablation

selective photothermolysis

The use of short pulses of light to treat skin conditions. This method causes less damage to normal tissue than do continuous beam lasers.
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During an EVLA procedure, the laser energy is absorbed by the vessel wall, and this absorption leads to tissue damage by means of photochemical and photothermolytic mechanisms.
reported considerable significant improvement in the texture of skin and atrophy with good patient's satisfaction in regarding with placebo after three sessions of monthly laser with photothermolytic fractional C[O.sub.2] equipment.
The Q-Clear Laser System, in differentiation to other laser treatments, provides a selective, both thermal (photothermolytic) and mechanical (photomechanical), effect on the fungi.