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What kind of conditions can be treated with a pulsed dye laser?
The commonly treated conditions include the following birthmarks:
What's the treatment like?
During the treatment, the physician will hold a wand against the skin and "pulse" the laser. Your child will wear eye protection because laser light can potentially harm the eyes.
At the first session, the physician will probably test your child's skin reaction to the laser. Other sessions may be longer (up to 30 minutes) in order to treat a larger area. Some lesions (spider angiomas) may require only one or two treatment sessions, while larger lesions (port wine stains) require four to 10 sessions.
Is the treatment painful?
The laser light feels a bit like a rubber band snapping against the skin. There is often a tingling or burning sensation for up to six hours after treatment.
Most adults tolerate the procedure without anesthesia. Some children may require anesthetic or medication to relax them.
What are the side effects?
What precautions need to be taken before/after treatment?
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