Venous Malformations – Laser
We have compiled as many before and after photos of our patients to show some of the results that we have achieved. Some of the patients are still having treatments and their photos will be updated after future procedures. Every case is different, but we hope that it helps to see photos that might be representative of what your child is experiencing.
Treatment with a Neodinium YAG (Nd:YAG) laser can be extremely effective for treating superficial venous malformations or it can be used to treat the superficial component of a deep lesion.It is essential that this treatment be done by a physician who has extensive experience in this because there is a very narrow therapeutic range. This means that the power settings necessary to obtain the desired effect fall within a very narrow range. This will vary from patient to patient. If the physician wanders out of this very narrow range, scarring will result. It is important to note that a power setting effective for one patient, can cause scarring on another. It is thus critical that the treating physician be experienced in this form of treatment.
The Nd:YAG laser is capable of effectively reducing the bluish discoloration of skin and mucosa (the lining of the lip and mouth).By using a cooling device together with the laser, the skin is spared and it is possible to treat through intact skin
Using an Nd:YAG laser with cooling, we have been able to successfully treat the superficial discoloration associated with these lesions. This is a recent innovation. Laser treatment is thus often combined with surgery and sclerotherapy to successfully treat compound venous malformations.
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