Treating Vascular Lesions with IPL

Written by on September 16, 2005 in IPL with 1 Comment

Another 2003 Paper about IPL.

Treatment of the vascular lesions of the face and neck using selective vascular photothermolysis with intense pulse light

European Journal of Plastic Surgery Issue: Volume 26, Number 6, November 2003, Pages: 319 – 323

Keywords: Vascular lesions – Intense pulse light – Laser – Photothermolysis

Tahsin Oguz Acartürk1 and Guy M. Stofman2

(1) Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 15261, USA. (2) Division Plastic Surgery, Mercy Hospital of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 15261, USA.

Abstract: Intense pulse light with a flash lamp has been a treatment modality for several years. The technology uses multiple filters capable of treating various types of vascular lesions. An advantage of this diverse machine is the ability to adjust wavelengths through different filters and modify pulse duration and pulse delay. This allows treatment of various vascular lesions of different size and depth. This retrospective study in 44 patients determined the long-term outcomes and efficacy of intense pulse light on vascular lesions of the face, including telangiectasias, rosacea, cavernous hemangioma, and port wine stains. We also evaluated the proportional clearance of the lesion, number of treatments to achieve optimal results, side effects, and patient satisfaction. Patients were followed for an average of 19 months and received an average of 2.9 treatments. In 52% of patients there was over 75% resolution of the lesions. A higher number of treatments resulted in better outcomes without any increase in the side effects. Overall 81% of the patients were totally satisfied with the treatment. Intense pulse light offers an easy and effective way of treating vascular lesions of the face and neck. It has minimal side effects and yields high patient satisfaction.

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About the Author: David Pascoe started the Rosacea Support Group in October 1998. .

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1 Reader Comment

  1. Darren Nash says:

    I have been a suffere of Rosacea some time. I have have more than 12 IPL treatements, my case was so severe. I still have a tiny bit of fluid under the skin. I want to know if I continue to have IPL will this damage the skin. My dermatologist advised there is no poiny ion IPL, But I know the difference between before and after. Does IPL damage the skin longterm?

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