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Study Evaluates Mechanisms of Fractional CO2 Laser on Burn Scars

Grapevine, Texas — Preliminary results of a study evaluating biopsy specimens obtained from mature burn scars pre- and postfractional CO2 laser resurfacing show histologic changes that are consistent with the clinical improvement achieved, but further data is needed to understand the mechanisms leading to normal skin regeneration, reported David M. Ozog, M.D., at the 2011 annual meeting of the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.
Dr. Ozog, director of cosmetic dermatology, division of Mohs and dermatological surgery, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, conducted the clinical portion of the study while doing a Mohs and cosmetic surgery fellowship with Ron Moy, M.D., at the Moy-Fincher Medical Group in Beverly Hills, Calif. The study enrolled 18 patients with mature burn scars defined as more than one year elapsed since the injury.


 Key Points is:
•    Researchers say understanding immunohistochemistry of effects of fractional CO2 laser treatment on burn scars could lead to development of new drug targets

The entire article is available at: http://www.modernmedicine.com/modernmedicine/article/articleDetail.jsp?id=745033

Written by:  Cheryl Guttman Krader.  Ms. Guttman is a medical writer based in Deerfield, Ill.
Published in Dermatology Times, November 1, 2011

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