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Conventional and Unconventional Use of Lasers in Skin Disorders

Call for Papers

Although the first lasers have been used approximately 50 years ago, the “niche” of laser users is still somehow restricted. This could be due to the difficulty in using them, scarcity of theoric-practical education, high costs, and complex management of laser devices. However, this technology at present allows us to treat a large variety of skin conditions, either inflammatory or neoplastic, in addition to aesthetic problems. Hence, in the last few years surgical, vascular, selective, and other lasers have become more popular. Our aim is to present to the medical world an overview on classic and nonclassic laser approaches for nonmelanoma skin cancers (NMSC), skin diseases, and photo rejuvenation. In fact, although the choice treatment in NMSC is still surgery, radiotherapy, electrodessication, or photodynamic therapy, laser therapy could exert some usefulness in selected cases, particularly in older patients or patients with cardiovascular or anesthesiological problems. In addition, promising results may be also obtained in treating some inflammatory skin disorders. We are particularly interested in articles describing conventional and unconventional use of laser therapy possibly in large series of patients, proposing new treatment approaches or supplying new insight in laser effects on the skin, both in humans or in experimental models. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Treatment options of actinic keratoses of the scalp and sun-exposed areas
  • Mottled hyperpigmentation of the hands, chest, and face: What is the best choice?
  • Poikiloderma of Civatte and rosacea: Different laser options
  • Treatment of venous lakes of the lips
  • Treatment of acne scars
  • Male genital disorders and laser approach
  • Can fractional CO2 laser be successful for hypochromic disorders?
  • Management of keloids with laser
  • NMSC: Only BCC can be treated with lasers
  • New insights in laser effects on the skin
  • Nonablative treatment of onychomycosis
  • The biological effects of laser in the skin

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/bmri/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/bmri/dermatology/culs/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 25 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 18 July 2014
Publication DateFriday, 12 September 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Silvia Moretti, Section of Dermatology, Department of Surgery and Translational Medicine, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

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