Vol. 36. No. 4
The “state of the art” in dermatologic surgery is a constantly fluid, ever-evolving concept that continually expands to meet the needs of patients and practitioners alike. Within the realm of lasers, lights, and energy devices, technology rapidly changes from year to year, constantly harnessing new energy sources and delivering them to new targets, in order to effectively treat an array of patients and indications wider than could have ever been imagined just a decade or two ago. In the face of exciting development, growing demand, and a sea of opportunity, stands the dermatologic surgeon, whose role is to learn, interpret, and apply the growing mountains of data in order to deliver effective yet safe care to the patient. In this issue of Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery, aptly titled “Lasers, Lights, and Energy Devices: State of the Art,” we aim to provide a concise, yet thorough review of the state of the art in laser-, light-, and energy-based therapy, while also providing critical analyses of each technology; we hope this special issue will enable our readers to make informed, evidence-based decisions in real-world practice in order to provide excellent, innovative care to their patients.