22 May 1997 Infrared imaging of CO2 laser resurfacing
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The application of pulsed carbon-dioxide lasers for skin resurfacing has been described by several authors. The procedure uses 30 microseconds to 1 ms laser pulses with pulse energies from 100 - 600 mJ to ablate skin for the purpose of smoothing skin irregularities: that is, wrinkle removal. The carbon-dioxide laser has been selected because it ablates a limited layer of tissue (approximately 10 micrometer at a radiant exposure of 5 J/cm2)4 and produce minimal thermal damage. The purpose of this study is to measure the surface temperature created during a resurfacing procedure and discuss the thermal implications of the measurements.
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Ashley J. Welch, Ashley J. Welch, Eric K. Chan, Eric K. Chan, Jennifer Kehlet Barton, Jennifer Kehlet Barton, Bernard Choi, Bernard Choi, Sharon L. Thomsen, Sharon L. Thomsen, } "Infrared imaging of CO2 laser resurfacing", Proc. SPIE 2970, Lasers in Surgery: Advanced Characterization, Therapeutics, and Systems VII, (22 May 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.275061; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.275061

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