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Candela Laser Treatments

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A candela laser is a special machine used to lighten birthmarks.

Pre-operative Instructions

  • Limit your child's exposure to the sun for two weeks before the treatment. You may be asked to use a sun blocker or other product to help prepare the skin.
  • Do not give your child aspirin or medicine that has aspirin in it for one week before the treatment. Your child’s doctor may be able to supply a list of medications that contain aspirin or aspirin-like medications.

During Surgery

Your child may have some pain during the treatment. If the area to be treated is large, or if he/she is young, sedation or general anesthesia may be used. Many children tolerate the treatment with little or no medication. Occasionally a cream that numbs the skin (topical anesthetic) may be all that’s necessary.

What to expect after surgery

  • The treated skin will be a blue/gray color for about 7-10 days. Occasionally a red color will be noted.
  • The skin may be easily injured for up to 2 weeks.
  • The area treated may be slightly swollen and painful to the touch.
  • If your child had general anesthesia, he may be sleepy, a little unsteady on his feet, and possibly experience some nausea and vomiting. If vomiting is severe or lasts more than 6 hours, call your child’s doctor.

Home Care

  • Do not rub, scratch or put pressure on the treated skin.
  • Do not "pick" at or try to remove the scabs on the treated skin.
  • Do not give your child aspirin or medicine that has aspirin in it.
  • Non-aspirin pain reliever may be used if needed for pain relief.
  • Do not allow hard exercises or activities for one week if either arms or legs are treated.
  • If the neck is treated, do not wear turtlenecks or tight fitting clothing or jewelry such as necklaces around the neck for two weeks.
  • If ointment is used, it should be used two times a day over the treated skin. Your child’s nurse will show you how to do this.
  • Your child may shower or bathe, but gently pat the area dry. Do not rub the treated skin with a towel or washcloth for two weeks. Use a gentle moisturizing soap.
  • Always protect your child's skin with sunscreen whenever out of doors.

Disclaimer:This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.

Reviewed: 05/98

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