Treatment of Sebaceous Hyperplasia With a Novel 1,720-nm Laser

November 2012 | Volume 11 | Issue 11 | Original Article | 1323 | Copyright © November 2012

Douglas Winstanley DO, Travis Blalock MD, Nancy Houghton BS, and E. Victor Ross MD

superficial portions of the gland and sparing of the surrounding skin. The one biopsy shows that although selectivity is possible with this wavelength, the relatively shallow optical penetration depth prevents complete destruction of the deeper portions of some larger lesions. However, those deeper portions are less visible at the surface, and presumably mild fibrosis over the surviving portion of the lesion obscures the conspicuous yellow nature of the lesion.
This small pilot study supports the utility and safety of this wavelength in the treatment of sebaceous hyperplasia. Larger studies and broader applications of this wavelength should be undertaken.


The favor of the loan of the device used in this study was provided by Del Mar Technologies, Inc, Del Mar, CA.


Dr. Blalock and Ms. Houghton have no conflicts of interest. Dr. Winstanley is currently serving as a medical officer in the U.S. Navy. The views expressed in this article are those of the authors and do not reflect the official policy or position of the Department of the Navy, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.


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