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Laser Madness in Facial Plastic Surgery

Richard L. Anderson, MD; Michael T. Yen, MD
Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2002;4(1):6-7. doi:.
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LASER MADNESS is currently an epidemic permeating many specialties in medicine. In facial plastic surgery, many articles written by physicians promoting incisional and facial resurfacing lasers appear in both peer-reviewed and non–peer-reviewed journals. These articles may read more like advertisements than science, overestimating the advantages of laser surgery, while underestimating the disadvantages and complications. Furthermore, the public's fascination with high-tech procedures related to cosmetic surgery has further exacerbated the unchecked outbreak of laser madness. Physicians should be intellectually, scientifically, and economically honest with themselves and patients regarding the benefits of laser surgery. Cosmetic surgery requires more, not less, accountability than other types of surgery because expectations are higher and complications can be far more damaging to patients and physicians.1

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