CO2 Laser Treatment

CO2 laser treatment is a minimally invasive therapeutic approach to treat specific skin changes associated with a type of vascular anomaly called lymphatic malformations. This treatment uses heat from the laser to evaporate several layers of the affected skin, revealing new skin that will scar and heal. A specially trained doctor called an interventional radiologist performs CO2 laser treatment.

Why choose Boston Children’s Hospital CO2 laser treatment?

We use several types of laser treatments for patients we see in our Vascular Anomalies Center. The CO2 laser is a higher-energy tool capable of penetrating deeper into layers of the skin than other types of lasers. Our interventional radiology team was the first in the world to adapt the CO2 laser for the treatment of lymphatic malformations, a groundbreaking development that is now a common practice here at Boston Children’s.

Children who undergo laser treatment benefit from improved quality of life with fewer infections and bleeding episodes. We recommend CO2 laser treatment for:

We have no age restrictions for CO2 laser treatment. We recommend it for infants, children and adolescents of all ages based solely on need. The procedure may be repeated as many times as needed and is often combined with other procedures done in Interventional Radiology.

Read more about what to expect before, during and after the procedure.