Masers to magic bullets: an updated history of lasers in dermatology

Clin Dermatol. 2007 Sep-Oct;25(5):434-42. doi: 10.1016/j.clindermatol.2007.05.004.


Laser therapy is one of the fastest expanding and most exciting fields in dermatology. From its theoretical beginnings in Einstein's imagination, lasers have come to be used in treatments for conditions ranging from skin malignancy and acne to hirsutism and photoaging. We will briefly review the evolution of laser treatment, with a focus on the recent developments surrounding the new millennium.

Publication types

  • Historical Article
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Dermatology / methods*
  • Dermatology / trends
  • Equipment Design
  • Hair Removal / methods
  • History, 20th Century
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy* / history
  • Laser Therapy* / methods
  • Laser Therapy* / trends
  • Lasers / history*
  • Photochemotherapy / methods
  • Phototherapy / methods
  • Rejuvenation
  • Skin Diseases / therapy*