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Book Reviews
May 1999

Cosmetic Laser Surgery: A Practitioner's Guide

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Tina S. Alster, David B. Apfelberg, eds, 393 pp, with color illus, New York, NY, John Wiley & Sons Inc, 1999.

Arch Dermatol. 1999;135(5):614. doi:10-1001/pubs.Arch Dermatol.-ISSN-0003-987x-135-5-dbk0599

The rapid developments in medical laser technology warrant a new edition of this highly successful book. Compared with the first edition, this book has more than double the number of pages, goes into greater depth, and covers a broader range of cosmetic laser applications. The majority of the contributors are considered experts in their field.

The book is divided into 20 chapters. The first chapter presents an excellent discussion of how to establish a laser practice. The next 4 chapters are devoted to laser skin resurfacing: carbon dioxide laser resurfacing, histological aspects, postoperative management and complications, and erbium:YAG laser resurfacing. The succeeding chapters give detailed discussions on other laser applications, including laser treatment of various vascular and pigmented lesions, tattoos, scars and striae, hair removal, and laser-assisted surgical procedures, such as blepharoplasty, endoscopic brow lift, uvuloplasty, and hair transplantation. The final chapter discusses laser safety management in depth. Four appendices provide samples of informational letters and practice announcements, patient information and consent forms, operative records and patient care forms, as well as an encyclopedic list of vendors of lasers and laser-related products.

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