This course has been designed as a guide to modern cutaneous lasers. The course starts with an overview of the basic physics behind modern lasers, and then progresses on to discuss a wide variety of laser systems. The course covers vascular lasers, hair removal lasers, pigmented lesion lasers, ablative and non-ablative resurfacing lasers and acne. There is also a section on laser safety. Practical tips and guidelines for the use of a variety of cutaneous lasers are discussed. This course has been designed for both advanced and novice laser users. Participants must review the slide program that follows below and answer the accompanying questions to earn continuing medical education credit.
Initial Release Date
September 1, 2002
Date of Most Recent Review
November 1, 2010
November 30, 2011
Dermatologists and Plastic Surgeons
Educational Needs Addressed
There is an increasing need for on-line educational material on cutaneous laser systems. The cutaneous laser industry changes so rapidly, it is difficult to keep up with via standard text book type information. By the time many things reach print, they are already outdated. This module brings the practicing dermatologist and plastic surgeon current information about the use of cutaneous lasers.
Goals and Objectives
At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
- Describe the basic physics behind modern cutaneous laser systems.
- List the safety aspects and concerns of cutaneous laser systems.
- Discuss a wide variety of cutaneous laser treatments including hair removal lasers, vascular lasers, pigmented lesion lasers, as well as ablative and non ablative resurfacing lasers.
Thomas E. Rohrer, MD
Physician, Skin Care Physicians
Chestnut Hill, MA
Faculty member receives grant/research support from Candela Corporation, Pao Principle, and Radiancy. He is also a consultant for Julia Therapuetics, and on the Speakers Bureau of Candela Corporation and Radiancy. He does not discuss any off-label or investigational uses of a commercial product in this program.
Emmy Graber, MD
Assistant Professor of Dermatology
Associate Residency Training Director
Boston University School of Medicine
Boston Medical Center
Faculty member is a consultant for Lumenis. She does not discuss off-label or investigational uses of a commercial product in this program.
Ilana Hardesty and Jason Worcester, MD (Boston University School of Medicine) have nothing to disclose with regards to commercial interest.
Boston University School of Medicine asks all individuals involved in the development and presentation of Continuing Medical Education (CME) activities to disclose all relationships with commercial interests. This information is disclosed to CME activity participants. Boston University School of Medicine has procedures to resolve apparent conflicts of interest. In addition, faculty members are asked to disclose when any discussion of unapproved use of pharmaceuticals and devices occurs.
Boston University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
Boston University School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This program is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Candela Corporation.