Survey on perspectives and treatment status regarding skin laser treatment

Ye Jin Lee, Sang Hyung Lee, Jee Ho Choi, Chun Wook Park, Young Lip Park, You Chan Kim, Sang Hyun Cho, Dong Youn Lee, Hoon Kang, Sang Wook Son, Jee Bum Lee, Moon Bum Kim, Weon Ju Lee, Woo Young Sim, Young Chul Kye, Sung Eun Chang, Chang Hun Huh, Won Serk Kim, Bang Soon Kim, Sang Ju LeeSang Jun Lee, Chan Woo Jeong, Un Cheol Yeo, Chul Wook Kwon, Mi Woo Lee

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Background: Skin laser treatment has improved significantly and has become an effective treatment approach for many skin diseases while also having applications for beauty treatments. However, since skin laser transfers energy directly to the skin, the misuse of such treatment may result in permanent damage to skin tissues. Objective: This survey of Korean adults, conducted to obtain their perspectives on and their treatment experience with skin laser treatment, will be used to determine the current status of skin laser treatment and to identify necessary changes to ensure proper and safe conduct of skin laser treatment. Methods: From April 5th to April 12th, 2016, a survey was conducted to obtain information regarding the perspectives and the treatment experience of adults aged 20-59 years. Results: Approximately 50% of the participants had experience with skin laser treatment, and among these, 24.7% had not received treatment at a dermatology clinic. Compared to treatment at a dermatology clinic, the danger of side effects was 1.7 times higher at a non-dermatology clinic, 2 times higher at a skin care shop, and 5.3 times higher at an Oriental medical clinic. Among patiente who received skin laser treatment, 16.1% experienced side effects, and among these, 1 out of 4 patiente visited a non-dermatologist for treatment of these side effects. Conclusion: The results of the survey showed that in order for the public to receive safe and effective skin laser treatment based on professional diagnosis, there is a definitive need to provide correct information to the public and to implement changes to ensure proper understanding of skin laser treatment among this population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)8-19
Number of pages12
JournalKorean Journal of Dermatology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan


  • Laser treatment
  • Questionnaire
  • Side effect
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dermatology


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