Laser treatment of pigmented lesions in children

B G Carpo, J M Grevelink, S V Grevelink
Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery 1999, 18 (3): 233-43
A variety of lasers can be used to effectively treat cutaneous pigmentation in children. Furthermore, using the principle of selective photothermolysis, several pigment-specific lasers can be used to achieve significant clinical improvement if not complete removal of pigmented lesions with greatly reduced risks of scarring, textural or pigmentary changes. A summary of laser treatments for pigmented lesions that commonly present in children including café-au-lait macules, nevus of Ota and other dermal melanocytosis, congenital melanocytic nevus, nevus spilus, lentigines, epidermal nevus, Becker's nevus, and tattoos is presented. Overall, laser treatment is a very safe, effective treatment option that could offer distinct advantages compared with other conventional modalities.

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