Pulsed Dye Laser and Affirm Laser in the Treatment of Abdominoplasty Scars
The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of using a pulsed dye laser (the VBEAM), a non-ablative laser (the Affirm) and a combination of both lasers to improve the appearance of your surgical scar. Both the pulsed dye laser and Affirm laser are approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of scars. Surgical scars are a type of scar that can benefit from laser therapy. Redness and the appearance of small blood vessels near the surface of the skin (telangiectasias) develop in such scars as part of the normal healing process and usually spontaneously remit, but often slowly and incompletely. In many cases, lasers can accelerate the clearing of this redness and also improve scar texture.
Allocation: Randomized, Control: Placebo Control, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Investigator), Primary Purpose: Treatment
pulsed dye laser (the VBEAM), Affirm Laser (non-ablative laser ), combined PDL and Affirm Lasers, Placebo
Cleveland Clinical Foundation
The Cleveland Clinic
Results (where available)
- Source: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT00735254
- Information obtained from ClinicalTrials.gov on July 15, 2010
Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions
A technique utilizing a laser coupled to a catheter which is used in the dilatation of occluded blood vessels. This includes laser thermal angioplasty where the laser energy heats up a metal tip, and direct laser angioplasty where the laser energy directly ablates the occlusion. One form of the latter approach uses an EXCIMER LASER which creates microscopically precise cuts without thermal injury. When laser angioplasty is performed in combination with balloon angioplasty it is called laser-assisted balloon angioplasty (ANGIOPLASTY, BALLOON, LASER-ASSISTED).
Angioplasty, Balloon, Laser-assisted
Techniques using laser energy in combination with a balloon catheter to perform angioplasty. These procedures can take several forms including: 1, laser fiber delivering the energy while the inflated balloon centers the fiber and occludes the blood flow; 2, balloon angioplasty immediately following laser angioplasty; or 3, laser energy transmitted through angioplasty balloons that contain an internal fiber.
Laser Therapy, Low-level
Treatment using irradiation with LASER light of low power intensity so that the effects are not due to heat, as in LASER THERAPY. These non-thermal effects are thought to be mediated by a photochemical reaction that alters CELL MEMBRANE PERMEABILITY, leading to increased mRNA synthesis and CELL PROLIFERATION. Low-level laser therapy has been used for a wide variety of conditions, but most frequently for wound healing and pain control.
Fragmentation of CALCULI, notably urinary or biliary, by LASER.
Transmyocardial Laser Revascularization
A procedure to increase the flow of blood to the MYOCARDIUM by creating transmural channels in the heart wall via the application of laser pulses to epicardial or endocardial surfaces.
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