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Treatment of facial telangiectasias with a diode-pumped Nd:YAG laser at 532 nm
Author(s): Daniel A. Cassuto; Deborah M. Ancona; Guglielmo Emanuelli
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Paper Abstract

Facial telangiectasias are a common cause of cosmetic concern. Current treatment modalities present various effects and limits. The pulsed dye laser has been considered the golden standard in efficacy and safety. Unfortunately it causes postoperative intracutaneous hematomata that discourage many patients form undergoing this treatment. Several other vascular lasers are disadvantaged by the risk of hypopigmented and atrophic scars. We assessed a recent powerful version of the potassium titanyl phosphate 532 nm laser, that can deliver sufficient energy in single pulses lasting 10-50 msec. Collateral damage is reduced while the heating of the vessel is slow enough to avoid explosive photothermolysis with its associated purpura. Sixty-six patients with facial telangiectasias were treated. In 62/66 patients, we achieved a 75 percent-100 percent clearance of the lesions, while two treatments were needed to reach an acceptable clearance in the remaining 4/66 patients. The overall need for more sessions was well tolerated, because the acceptable postoperative appearance allowed patients to continue normal business and social activities between treatments. No permanent complications or undesired effects were noted. The KTP/532nm laser is also being tested in combined laser-sclerotherapy of fine leg capillary telangiectasias with encouraging results.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 June 2000
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 4166, Laser Florence '99: A Window on the Laser Medicine World, (28 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.389491
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Daniel A. Cassuto, Ospedale S. Gerardo di Monza/Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Deborah M. Ancona, Ospedale S. Gerardo di Monza/Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)
Guglielmo Emanuelli, Ospedale S. Gerardo di Monza/Univ. degli Studi di Milano (Italy)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4166:
Laser Florence '99: A Window on the Laser Medicine World
Leonardo Longo; Alfons G. Hofstetter; Mihail-Lucian Pascu; Wilhelm R.A. Waidelich, Editor(s)

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