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What lasers are used to treat red marks on the face?

Arthur W. Perry, MD
Plastic Surgery
Many different lasers can treat red marks on the face. The first was the argon laser. I remember using this laser at Harvard's Beth Israel Hospital with laser pioneer the late Joel Noe, M.D., in 1981. The laser was so large that it took up a whole room and required a dedicated cooling system. Today's lasers are tabletop units. Different surgeons use different machines with mystifying names such as KTP (potassium titanyl phosphate), krypton, copper vapor, copper bromide, Nd:YAG, and flash lamp-pumped pulsed dye (FPDL) lasers. All of them treat red pigment slightly differently. Some cause bruising, some don't. All have a chance of scarring. All cause swelling that increases with the number of blood vessels that are treated.
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