Which laser surgery options are used in the treatment of infantile hemangioma?

Updated: Feb 06, 2019
  • Author: Richard J Antaya, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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Features of laser surgery treatment are as follows:

  • Flashlamp-pumped pulsed-dye laser most widely used

  • Pulsed-dye laser surgery effective for treating ulcerated hemangiomas and thin superficial hemangiomas

  • Lasers used especially on areas likely to result in significant functional or psychological impact (eg, fingers, eyes, lips, nasal tip, ears, face) [12, 13]

  • Many ulcerated hemangiomas respond with decreased pain (sometimes as early as a few days after the initial treatment), rapid reepithelialization, and hastened involution

  • Laser treatments generally performed every 2-4 weeks until complete healing results

  • Scarring or residual skin changes may occur

  • Laser treatment may worsen ulceration, particularly of deep or combined superficial and deep lesions


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