Novel use of non-ablative fractional photothermolysis for café-au-lait macules in darker skin types

Brundha Balaraman, Parisa Ravanfar-Jordan, Paul Friedman

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Abstract

Importance: The removal of café-au-lait macules (CALMs) in patients with darker skin phototypes poses a significant challenge due to limited available therapeutic options and increased risk of adverse effects, including permanent scarring and further dyspigmentation. Herein, we demonstrate the novel use of non-ablative fractional photothermolysis for the safe removal of CALMs in individuals with Fitzpatrick skin type (FST) IV–V. Observations: Retrospective analysis of four patients (FST IV–V) with CALMs revealed that three of these patients had greater than 50% clearance after multiple treatment sessions with the non-ablative fractional 1,550-nm erbium-doped fiber laser. Conclusions and Relevance: This report demonstrates the utility and safety of non-ablative fractional resurfacing in the treatment of CALMs in darker skin phototypes. Lasers Surg. Med. 49:84–87, 2017.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)84-87
Number of pages4
JournalLasers in Surgery and Medicine
Volume49
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017

Keywords

  • Cafe-Au-Lait Macules
  • birthmark
  • cosmetic
  • laser

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Dermatology

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