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Dermatol Surg. 2003 Aug;29(8):869-71.

Treatment of Fordyce spots with CO2 laser.

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  • 1Medipiel Centros Dermatológicos, Monterrey, NL, México. jocampo2000@yahoo.com.mx

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Fordyce spots are heterotopic sebaceous glands that can be located at the lips' vermilion or the oral mucosa. Although this is considered a rather common disorder, a treatment for this condition that sometimes affects patients from only a cosmetic viewpoint has not yet been described.

OBJECTIVE:

To evaluate CO2 superpulsed laser treatment in two subjects with Fordyce spots.

METHODS:

Two patients with papules and yellowish plaques at the upper lip corresponding to Fordyce spots were treated with coherent Ambulase CO2 superpulsed laser (Coherent Medical, Palo Alto, CA); after informed consent was obtained, two to three passes were performed in one session using 2 and 4 W and a spot size of 2 mm.

RESULTS:

Complete re-epithelization was observed 2 weeks later with no residual Fordyce papules in the treated area and no side effects.

CONCLUSION:

Our findings suggest that CO2 superpulsed laser can be considered a safe and effective treatment for patients with Fordyce spots, offering excellent cosmetic results.

PMID:
12859392
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