Dermatologist Arielle N.B. Kauvar, M.D., and colleagues talked about scar types, best treatment options and new devices and techniques during their presentation at the 2017 American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) Annual Meeting in Orlando, Fla.
In addition to treating tattoos and pigmented lesions, new picosecond devices also treat sun damage and scarring. The results achieved by picosecond lasers are due to photothermal as well as photomechanical effects. Picosecond pulse duration lasers have an excellent safety/side effect profile in individuals of all skin types.
In skin of color, psoriasis can be tough to spot, and it carries a broader differential diagnosis. Darker-skinned patients may not know that they can develop psoriasis, or the importance of seeking treatment early.
Available resources of the Center include human pathology specimens and database info on living consented patients. Techniques such as tissue imaging, gene expression analysis, T-cell receptor, sequencing studies, and CyTOF analyses are available. Visiting Scholar grants funds allow researchers to learn how to work with human tissue and how to use new techniques.
Today’s dermatologists have access to “incredible” energy-based devices that help patients to cosmetically age gracefully, says Michael H. Gold, M.D., medical director, Gold Skin Care Center and Tennessee Clinical Research Center, Nashville, Tenn.