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    2017’s big breakthroughs


    Target: Tattoo

    University of Missouri researchers published important work in 2017, ushering advancements to minimally invasive laser-based treatments, including tattoo removal, says New York City-based dermatologist Margarita Lolis, M.D.

    Dr. Lolis“The problem was that getting lasers to target the specific area of a tattoo and then have it be absorbed was a challenge. The progress has been in the instruments used to administer the lasers allowing the laser light [to] penetrate into the tissue through direct contact. This addresses safety concerns, and new instruments will allow more dermatologists to meet the high demand of patients seeking tattoo removal into 2018 and beyond,” Dr. Lolis says.

    University of Missouri researchers use ultrasonic pulsation, along with a clinical laser, to alter the properties of skin tissue during the procedure.

    “They tested the ‘sonoillumination’ method on porcine skin tissue samples, which most closely resemble that of human skin and results were excellent. In April of 2017, the technique was presented at the annual conference of American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS),” Dr. Lolis says. “This advancement will be great for lasers across the board.”

    For more on that, see this press release from the University of Missouri: http://munews.missouri.edu/news-releases/2017/0410-laser-based-dermatological-procedures-could-be-revolutionized-with-new-technique/.

    Conflicts of interest for Dr. Lolis: none.

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    Lisette Hilton
    Lisette Hilton, president of Words Come Alive, has written about health care, the science and business of medicine, fitness and wellness ...


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