Rejuvenation of Aged Skin with Light and Lasers, Introduction
Modern day skin laser surgery began with the publication of the now classic paper on “Selective Photothermolysis” by Anderson and Parrish in 1983 in the journal Science. Within 4 years, the first commercially available pulsed dye laser was approved by the US Federal Drug Administration. It was developed for the treatment of Port Wine Stains but it rapidly gained acceptance as a treatment for hemagiomas, telangiectasia as well as scars, striae, and even warts. The next major development in the field was the introduction of pulsed lasers for the treatment of pigmented lesions and tattoos. This was followed by the introduction of pulsed lasers for laser skin resurfacing and shortly thereafter by lasers for hair growth reduction. The most recent major development in the field of cutaneous laser surgery was Nonablative Rejuvenation, the subject of this issue of Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery.