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Four Years Experience of the Pulsed Dye Laser in the Treatment
Ming-Jing Chen, Yue-zon Kuan, Heng-Leong Chan
Dermatol Sinica 15: 1-6, 1997

Progress in the treatment of cutaneous vascular lesions with the laser has slowly evolved for more than 30 years. Although these lasers were successful in the treatment of many vascular lesions, a small but significant number of patients heal with hypertrophic scarring. The flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser has been used in the treatment of cutaneous vascular disorders since early 1980s. The dye laser at 585 mn has been shown to cause selective vascular destruction and decrease tissue destruction and subsequent scarring. We have treated 263 patients, including 183 cases of port-wine stains, 39 cases of spider angioma, 17 cases of capillary hemangioma , 2 cases of lymphangioma and one case of angiolymphoid hyperplasia with eosiophilia, using pulsed dye laser for vascular lesions since 1992, resulting in lightening of the vascular lesions without any evidence of hypertrophic scarring. Postoperative wound care is simple and no infections have occurred.

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