Pulse Dye Laser Therapy for Spider Naevi
Aims: The aim of this study was to determine the treatment outcome of spider naevi using pulse dye laser (PDL) therapy.
Patients and Methods: This was a retrospective study reviewing the results of PDL on spider naevi in 49 consecutive patients undergoing PDL for spider naevi, between 15 October 2003 and 19 August 2008. A questionnaire was used to investigate patient satisfaction and recurrence.
Results: There was improvement seen in all patients with complete resolution in 31 patients (76%) and 67 lesions (82%). There was a high level of satisfaction with the treatment with 30 patients (78%) being very satisfid and six (15%) satisfid with the result. Hypopigmentation occurred in one patient. Two patients (4.9%) with a total of four lesions developed recurrence in two lesions only.
Conclusions: PDL is an effective and safe treatment of spider naevi.
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