What is the role of carbon dioxide and argon laser ablation in the treatment of xanthelasma?

Updated: Feb 08, 2021
  • Author: Andrew A Dahl, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edsel B Ing, MD, MPH, FRCSC  more...
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Carbon dioxide, yttrium aluminum garnet, pulsed dye, argon, and 1450 nm diode laser have been laser modalitis used in treatment of xanthelesma.5 The carbon dioxide laser was the most commonly reported modality Enhanced hemostasis, better visualization, lack of suturing, and speed have been cited as reasons to use theses techniques. Sscarring and pigmentary changes can occur. In a retrospective study involving the use of a 1064-nm, Q-switched Nd:YAG laser, 46 patients had significant clearing of lesions after 4 laser sessions.6


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