Recent advances in laser treatment of port-wine stains

Br J Dermatol. 2004 Sep;151(3):527-33. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2133.2004.06163.x.


The pulsed dye laser is the treatment of choice for port-wine stains, with proven efficacy and low incidence of side-effects. However, in the majority of cases complete clearance cannot be achieved, and a significant proportion of lesions is resistant to laser treatment. In recent years, increased understanding of the interaction between lasers and port-wine stains has led to modification of the original pulsed dye laser design, producing treatment responses even in those lesions resistant to first-generation pulsed dye lasers. Other lasers and noncoherent light sources also appear to have a potential role in treatment. In this review we discuss these recent developments.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Equipment Design
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Laser Therapy*
  • Port-Wine Stain / radiotherapy*
  • Prognosis