26 February 2015 The stepwise multi-photon activation fluorescence guided ablation of melanin
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Previous research has shown that the stepwise multi-photon activation fluorescence (SMPAF) of melanin, activated and excited by a continuous-wave (CW) mode near infrared (NIR) laser, is a low-cost and reliable method for detecting melanin. We have developed a device utilizing the melanin SMPAF to guide the ablation of melanin with a 975 nm CW laser. This method provides the ability of targeting individual melanin particles with micrometer resolution, and enables localized melanin ablation to be performed without collateral damage. Compared to the traditional selective photothermolysis, which uses pulsed lasers for melanin ablation, this method demonstrates higher precision and lower cost. Therefore, the SMPAF guided selective ablation of melanin is a promising tool of melanin ablation for both medical and cosmetic purposes.
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Zhenhua Lai, Zhenhua Lai, Zetong Gu, Zetong Gu, Charles DiMarzio, Charles DiMarzio, } "The stepwise multi-photon activation fluorescence guided ablation of melanin", Proc. SPIE 9303, Photonic Therapeutics and Diagnostics XI, 93030N (26 February 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2076837; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2076837
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