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A port wine stain is a benign birthmark that is a result of enlarged capillaries beneath the skin’s surface. Although typically harmless, port wine stains should nevertheless be examined and treated to prevent potential complications. The most common treatment method for port wine stains utilizes pulsed dye lasers. A newer option, which uses optimized pulsed light lasers, was recently tested on port wine stains and other vascular lesions. Is newer necessarily better?
Sixteen patients between the ages of 11 and 71 with vascular lesions underwent treatment by the optimized pulsed light laser. Ten of those patients saw an improvement of at least 50 percent within one to four treatment sessions and two of them even experienced full improvement after just one treatment session. No serious complications were noted after optimized pulsed light laser treatment. What does this mean for treating port wine stains and other vascular lesions?
While the optimized pulsed light laser has shown promising results, researchers are quick to point out that it is not a replacement for pulsed dye lasers. Instead, it will be another option, for those who do not see results from pulsed dye lasers. Before it is accepted as a widespread treatment option, the optimized pulsed light laser must be analyzed further.
If you have a birthmark, port wine stain or other abnormality on your skin, don’t assume that it’s “just a birthmark.” At Advanced Dermatology, PC, our board-certified dermatologists are experts at diagnosing and treating a wide range of skin conditions using the latest treatment methods. Contact us today for a skin evaluation and to learn your treatment options. Our conveniently located offices welcome patients from Queens, Long Island (Roslyn/Albertson, West Islip, Commack, East Setauket), New York City, Westchester County, Bergen County, NJ, Union County, NJ, and all surrounding areas.