Doctors Arielle N. B. Kauvar from New York Laser & Skin Care and E. Victor Ross, M.D., director of laser and cosmetic dermatology, Scripps Clinic, San Diego, provided a quick overview of different aesthetic lasers for medical practice in this article published by Modern Medicine yesterday.

The overview is a good basic briefing on most of the laser modalities, applications and what different types of lasers have to offer. Dr. Ross is one of the veterans of the laser medicine and I like his comment on his personal favorite lasers: ”If my clinic were burning and I only had time to save two lasers, I’d save my KTP laser and my CO2 laser. They do very different things, but they’re the yin and yang that allow me to cover the widest range of indications with the fewest lasers”.

There is, however, a tremendous shift towards non-invasive and affordable treatments in the last few years. The trend is also fueled by bad economy, which caused a significant drop in more expensive invasive procedures. These days most of aesthetic physicians should consider rushing in to save their YAGs if the practice were burning.