AUTHORS: Perry A1, Elston J2, Reynolds H3, Hawley L3, Kroonen L2, Uebelhoer NS3, Shumaker PR3
RESEARCH SITES: 1Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 2Department of Orthopedics, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA, 3Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA
PUBLICATION: JAMA Dermatology Vol. 71 No. 4, pp. 841-842
Since its introduction in 2007, ablative fractional photothermolysis (AFP) has been reported to be effective in improving appearance and texture in a broad array of skin conditions, including surgical, acne, and traumatic scars.1,2 A growing number of anecdotal reports have suggested that this laser modality can safely and effectively improve function in patients with debilitating scar contractures.3-5 However, to our knowledge there has not previously been a systematic evaluation of efficacy specifically related to function.