Laser therapy of stretch marks

  • David H McDaniel
    Address reprint requests to: David H. McDaniel, MD 933 First Colonial Road Suite 113 Virginia Beach, VA 23454
    Department of Dermatology and Plastic Surgery, Eastern Virginia Medical School Virginia Beach, Virginia USA

    Laser Center of Virginia and Anti-Aging Research and Consulting, Virginia Beach, Virginia USA
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