The selection and education of laser patients

Murad Alam*, Meghan Dubina

*Corresponding author for this work

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Several measures can affect the likelihood of optimal treatment results and patient satisfaction. First, a suitable candidate must be selected. As with many cosmetic procedures, unreasonable expectations, body dysmorphic disorder, relevant psychiatric illness, and chronic dissatisfaction with prior physicians are concerning factors. Additionally, patient dissatisfaction is frequent following treatment of minor complaints or those for which reliable, efficacious treatments are not available. Tanned patients or patients of color are at risk for dyschromia, and treatment may need to be delayed or modified accordingly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationLasers in dermatology and medicine
Subtitle of host publicationdermatologic applications
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783319761183
ISBN (Print)9783319761169
StatePublished - Jun 6 2018


  • Adverse events
  • Body dysmorphic disorder contraindications
  • Counseling
  • Dissatisfaction
  • Education
  • Hyperpigmentation patient selection
  • Psychiatric illness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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