Study suggests laser effective for xanthelasma

25 Jul 2017

The Q-switched Nd:YAG laser has shown positive results inthe treatment of xanthelasma palpebrarum in Asian patients,according to a recent study published in the Journal of theAmerican Academy of Dermatology.

In a retrospective review of data from January 2012 through to August 2015, the device was used on 46 Asian patients with a total of 103 xanthelasma palpebrarum lesions, which present as yellowish deposits of fat underneath the skin, usually on or around the eyelids. 

The patients, who had a mean age of 49.2 years and of whom 67% were female, received between one to five treatment sessions, with 50% of patients receiving only one treatment session. 

Four treatment sessions were found to give ‘optimum results’. They were consecutively treated with a 1064 nm, Q-switched Nd:YAG laser. 

The study found ‘noticeable improvement’ in 93.2% of lesions after a single treatment session, with 52.5% of lesions displaying at least fair clearance. 

Jun Khee Heng, who conducted the study, said, “Future randomised controlled trials would be useful to compare Nd:YAG lasers to CO2 lasers or surgery.”


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