Validation of a vision-based, three-dimensional facial imaging system

Ayoub, A.F. , Garrahy, A., Hood, C., White, J., Bock, M., Siebert, J.P. , Spencer, R. and Ray, A. (2003) Validation of a vision-based, three-dimensional facial imaging system. Cleft Palate: Craniofacial Journal, 40(5), 523 -529. (doi: 10.1597/02-067)

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Objective: Although one goal in cleft lip surgery is to avoid serious scarring, residual scars are often observed after primary surgery. The goal of this preliminary report was to present the standardized application of laser technology to reduce the appearance of residual scars. Design: Ten patients with scarring after unilateral and bilateral cleft lip surgery were treated with a Dual Mode erbium yttrium-aluminum-garnet laser. This laser was recently introduced and had been used only for cosmetic applications, skin resurfacing, and correction of acne scars. Results: An improvement in the clinical appearance of the laser-treated scars was observed after the first treatment, with continued improvement after the second laser session. The clinically observed improvements were corroborated by the patients' reports concerning satisfaction with the result. Conclusions: The combined mechanisms of ablation/coagulation and shrinking of the skin caused by the laser, in addition to observed patient satisfaction and low risk associated with the procedure, suggest that this treatment approach can be effective in the correction of residual scarring in patients with cleft lip.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Ayoub, Professor Ashraf and Siebert, Dr Paul
Authors: Ayoub, A.F., Garrahy, A., Hood, C., White, J., Bock, M., Siebert, J.P., Spencer, R., and Ray, A.
Subjects:R Medicine > RK Dentistry
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Dental School
Journal Name:Cleft Palate: Craniofacial Journal

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