Medesthetics

JUL-AUG 2017

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46 JULY/AUGUST 2017 | Med Esthetics © GETTY IMAGES By Linda W. Lewis The value of pretreatment skincare protocols for ablative laser procedures has been debated for decades. In 1998, doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital Dermatology Laser Center published the results of a survey and literature review on the effect of pre- and postprocedure skincare protocols in laser skin resurfacing (Dermatologic Surgery, February). The two main reasons postulated for treating the skin before invasive procedures are faster healing and less risk of post-infl ammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). The researchers found widespread use among derma- tologists and plastic surgeons—and evidence to support the use—of tretinoin prior to laser treatment, noting that in split-back pig studies skin that was pretreated with tretinoin 0.5% healed signifi cantly faster than the half that received no pretreatment. Opinions vary on whether pre-treating the skin improves outcomes of ablative laser procedures, but the literature does offer some guidance. Prepping the Canvas

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