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Abstracts: Commentary
October 2002

One-Pass CO2 Versus Multiple-Pass Er:YAG Laser Resurfacing in the Treatment of Rhytides: A Comparison Side-by-Side Study of Pulsed CO2 and Er:YAG Lasers

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Washington, DC


Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2002;4(4):273-274. doi:

Ross EV, Miller C, Meehan K, McKinlay J, Sajben P, Trafeli JP, Barnette DJDermatol Surg. 2001;27:709-715

Background: The CO2 laser is normally described as an aggressive resurfacing tool, whereas the erbium:YAG laser has enjoyed a reputation as the ideal tool for superficial resurfacing. The implication from many studies is that the CO2 laser is incapable of "minimally invasive" resurfacing.

Objective: To compare a short-pulsed CO2 laser with an Er:YAG laser over a range of parameters intended to produce equivalent microscopic and clinical injuries.

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