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Book and New Media Reviews
August 2000

Lasers in Cutaneous and Cosmetic Surgery

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by Gary P. Lask and Nicholas J. Lowe, 192 pp, with color illus, $165, ISBN 0-443-07639-1, Philadelphia, Pa, Churchill Livingstone, 2000.

Arch Dermatol. 2000;136(8):1068. doi:

This first edition textbook provides a concise and practical overview of cutaneous and cosmetic laser surgery. The 2 principal authors, Drs Lowe and Lask, are recognized experts in the field of cutaneous laser surgery. Although this is a multiauthored text, Drs Lowe and Lask serve as coauthors on most chapters. The book is well written and covers a wide range of topics in cutaneous and cosmetic surgery. Topics include laser physics, low-energy laser systems, anesthesia for laser surgery, treatment of vascular lesions (including leg veins), treatment of pigmented lesions and tattoos, laser resurfacing, treatment of hypertrophic scars and keloids, and laser hair removal. In addition, there are several chapters on laser-assisted blepharoplasty, hair transplantation, and endoscopic cosmetic surgery. Frequent references to basic and clinical studies provide a solid scientific framework. In addition, the authors draw on their extensive experience to provide numerous practical pearls. There are numerous high-quality color before-and-after photographs. The appendix features tables of manufacturers' suggested treatment parameters for selected lasers as well as samples of patient information and consent forms used for various procedures.

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