Pulsed Dye Laser

What is pulsed dye laser treatment for vascular anomalies?

The pulsed dye laser is a common treatment for removing many types of vascular malformations commonly called “birthmarks” on the skin.

The laser device uses a bright light that is absorbed by abnormal blood vessels. The laser uses heat to destroy these blood vessels without damaging surrounding skin. It does not penetrate into deeper layers of skin like the CO2 laser, another treatment used in our clinic.

Pulsed dye laser is offered as an outpatient procedure, with the option for children to be asleep under general anesthesia. Treatment takes place over multiple sessions; larger lesions may require up to 20 sessions.

Pulsed dye laser treatment for vascular anomalies at Boston Children’s

The pulsed dye laser is a treatment for patients we see in our Vascular Anomalies Center, considered the premier center in the world for vascular anomalies.

We are a worldwide referral center for infants and children because we offer:

Customized care: We always start with a conversation with our patients and their families about what they want. We have the ability to perform this procedure in our operating room, allowing young children to be asleep under general anesthesia. Our goal is for families to have all the information needed to make a treatment decision that’s best for them.

Pediatric expertise: Because we specialize in pediatric care, we have a unique understanding of the needs of young children. Unlike other clinics that may perform laser treatment on adults for cosmetic reasons, our entire care team understands vascular anomalies and is trained to work with children.

Comprehensive treatment packages: For our patients with complex vascular syndromes, we can combine pulsed laser treatment with other treatments in the operating room. These patients may undergo plastic surgery or eye procedures in addition to laser treatment all in one day – reducing the number of hospital stays and shortening your child’s recovery time.

Convenient, local treatment: We offer pulsed dye laser treatment at our Lexington location as well as the main hospital in Boston. In many cases, patients and their families can benefit from this outpatient procedure without the hassle of commuting into Boston.

Read more about what to expect before, during and after pulsed dye laser treatment.