Superficial Frostbite Masquerading as Ecchymosis from Improper Cryotherapy Use After Q-Switched Laser Tattoo Treatment
Division of Dermatology, NOVA Southeastern University, Los Angeles, California.Dermatologic Surgery (Impact Factor: 1.56). 12/2012; 39(3). DOI: 10.1111/dsu.12026
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