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Complications in Lasers, Lights, and Radiofrequency Devices

Naief AlNomair
Mount Sinai–Dermatology, New York, New York
Rachel Nazarian
Mount Sinai–Dermatology, New York, New York
Ellen Marmur
Mount Sinai–Dermatology, New York, New York
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Publication Date:
21 June 2012 (online)


Lights, lasers, and radiofrequency are unique sources of energy that are increasingly utilized for therapeutic and cosmetic purposes. As the indications for these tools continue to increase and their use expands beyond physicians to aestheticians, physician-extenders, and technicians, the incidence of complications has also risen. It is imperative that operators of these tools be as familiar with the management of potential complications as they are with their usage and indications. This article serves as a review of potential complications encountered with usage of lasers, lights, and radiofrequency devices in dermatology.