Laser treatment of cutaneous conditions

In this episode of PodMD, Specialist Plastic Surgeon Dr Helen Douglas will be discussing the topic of laser treatment of cutaneous conditions, including what laser treatment is, the types of conditions that can be treated, the risks of laser treatment, when a GP should refer and more.


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    *As always, all in this PODMD podcast is intended for health professionals and the comments are of a general nature. Information given is not intended as specific medical advice pertaining to any given patient. If you have a clinical issue with one of your patients please seek appropriate advice from a colleague with expertise in the area.

    Today I’d like to welcome to the PodMD studio Dr Helen Douglas

    Dr Helen Douglas is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon at The Scar Clinic Perth, specialising in burns, scarring and laser treatments.

    Dr Douglas graduated in medicine in 2004, before starting her specialist plastic surgery training in the UK in 2011 which she completed in Perth, WA. Helen is a Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was awarded the prestigious Ian McGregor Gold Medal for outstanding performance in her specialist examinations in 2015. Helen is currently a Senior Lecturer at The University of Western Australia and a Clinical Tutor at Cardiff University where she undertook her Master’s degree in Laser and Wound Healing and has done 2 laser fellowships.

    Today, we’ll be discussing the topic of laser treatment for cutaneous conditions.

    *We do hope you enjoy this podcast but please remember that the advice here is of a general nature and is not intended as specific advice about a given patient. The views and opinions expressed in this podcast are those of the doctor, not PodMD.
    If you do have a patient on whom you require specific advice, then please seek advice from a colleague with appropriate expertise in that area.

    Question 1
    The topic of today’s discussion is laser treatment for cutaneous conditions. Helen, can you give us a brief overview about laser treatment?

    Helen:

    Question 2
    What are some common cutaneous conditions that can be effectively treated with laser therapy?

    Helen:

    Question 3
    Can you explain the benefits of laser treatment compared to traditional methods for treating cutaneous conditions?

    Helen:

    Question 4
    What are the risks of using laser treatment?

    Helen:

    Question 5
    Have there been any developments in laser treatment in the last years or are there any in trials or development now?

    Helen:

    Question 6
    Are there any key indicators that a patient may benefit from laser treatment

    Helen:

    Question 7
    Are there any specific skin types or conditions that are not suitable for laser treatment?

    Helen:

    Question 8
    When should a GP refer a patient for laser treatment?

    Helen:

    Concluding Question
    Thank you for your time here today in the PodMD studio. To sum up for us, could you please identify the three key take home messages from today’s podcast on laser treatment of cutaneous conditions.

    Helen:

    Thanks for your time and the insights you’ve provided.

    Helen: Thank you

*As always, all in this PODMD podcast is intended for health professionals and the comments are of a general nature. Information given is not intended as specific medical advice pertaining to any given patient. If you have a clinical issue with one of your patients please seek appropriate advice from a colleague with expertise in the area.