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.”