Eur J Plast Surg (2003) 25:439 DOI 10.1007/s00238-002-0432-2 BOOK REVIEW M. M. Elahi Mitchel P. Goldman, Richard E. Fitzpatrick: Cutaneous laser surgery: the art and science of selective photothermolysis, 2nd edition Mosby Inc., St. Louis, 1999, pp v–531 (ISBN 0-8151-3610-2) Published online: 18 January 2003 © Springer-Verlag 2003 This book is the second edition of the popular first edition cellent overview of the topic and is followed by the larg- that focuses on cutaneous laser surgery. The editors have est and best chapters on the carbon-dioxide laser as it re- forged a single volume text that attempts to bring togeth- lates to facial resurfacing. These chapters cover the vari- er all of the essential information needed on laser surgery. ous subtleties of manipulating laser settings to achieve It covers the entire spectrum of the field from the scientif- the desired result according to the patient’s skin charac- ic basis of lasers to their evolution and development. teristics. A step-by-step approach to patients is presented There are chapters on hair removal, tattoos, skin resurfac- and an equally detailed laser technique is also outlined. ing and laser safety-related anesthesia. The authors have High quality clinical photographs are interspersed drawn on laser experts throughout North America as throughout these chapters to visually illustrate the re- chapter contributors. They unfortunately are all exclu- sults. The remaining chapters cover photodynamic thera- sively from the dermatology profession, which limits the py, laser safety and laser anesthesia. There is a useful list ability of the text to convey the experiences and clinical of appendices, which includes the list of the various laser knowledge of plastic surgeons, ophthalmologists, otolar- organizations in North America, safety protocols, recom- yngologists and other specialists who commonly employ mended perioperative practices and lists of various laser lasers. Nevertheless, the text is concise. Frequent use of support groups. photographs, diagrams, graphs and illustrations keeps the This textbook covers the spectrum of laser surgery in reader’s attention from chapter to chapter. a concise manner. The text is easy to cross reference The textbook follows an orderly progression covering with illustrations, diagrams and clinical photographs, laser-tissue interactions in the first chapter followed by which makes for easy reading and comprehension. This chapters on vascular lesions, benign pigmented lesions textbook is recommended as a good resource for plastic and tattoos. The fifth chapter on hair removal is an ex- surgeons who utilize laser surgery in their practices. M.M. Elahi ( ) Southfield, Michigan, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
European Journal of Plastic Surgery – Springer Journals
Published: Feb 18, 2003
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