Applications of the 308-nm excimer laser in dermatology

A. Farkas, L. Kemény

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Abstract

Excimer lasers contain a mixture of a noble inert gas and a halogen, which form excited dimers only in the activated state. High-energy current is used to produce these dimers, which have a very short lifetime, and after their fast dissociation they release the excitation energy through ultraviolet photons. The application of these lasers proved to be successful in medicine, including the field of ophthalmology, cardiology, angiology, dentistry, orthopaedics, and, in recent years, dermatology. For medical purposes, the 193-nm argon fluoride, the 248-nm krypton fluoride, the 351-nm xenon fluoride, and the 308-nm xenon chloride lasers are used. Recently, the 308-nm xenon chloride laser has gained much attention as a very effective treatment modality in dermatological disorders. It was successfully utilized in psoriasis; later, it proved to be useful in handling other lightsensitive skin disorders and even in the treatment of allergic rhinitis. This review summarizes the possible applications of this promising tool in dermatology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)876-883
Number of pages8
JournalLaser Physics
Volume16
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2006

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Applications of the 308-nm excimer laser in dermatology. / Farkas, A.; Kemény, L.

In: Laser Physics, Vol. 16, No. 5, 05.2006, p. 876-883.

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