AUTHORS: 1Sung Bin Cho MD, 2Sang JU Lee MD PhD, 2Won Soon Chung MD, 2Jin Moon Kang MD, 2Young Koo Kim MD

RESEARCH SITES: 1Department of Derma­tology and Cutanous Biology Research Insti­tute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, 2Yonsei Star Skin & La­ser Clinic, Seoul, Korea

PUBLICATION: J Drugs Dermatol. 2010 Feb;9(2):173- 5.

YEAR: 2009

In Asian patients, ablative laser therapies are seldom used to treat burn scars due to posttreatment dyschromia, especially when nonfacial areas are treated. The non-ablative 1550-nm erbium-doped fractional photothermolysis system, although effective, requires multiple treatment sessions. In the authors hands, a 34-year-old Korean woman achieved improved atrophy, contracture, texture and color of a burn scar on her chest after two treatments spaced six weeks apart with an ablative 10,600 nm CO2 fractional laser system (Ultrapulse Encore Laser, Lumenis Inc., Santa Clara, CA).