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Old 04-10-2009, 05:53 PM
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I can share a bit more on the t-vessels. We took a year off from laser tx.; from age 18 months-2.5years he did not have any laser. We wanted to see how natural involution would do. A bit of a background: His first 5 laser tx. were with a pulse dye v-beam laser and his doctor was pretty conservative with the settings. That is ok as we saw no blisters, etc. and were just thrilled we had a doctor willing to try. But, after his doctor refused to do anymore tx. (said reconstructive surgery was inevitable)...we found another specialist that did only 2 tx. on my son with the same laser type, but much higher settings... we saw HUGE chances and still no blistering or scarring. So, tx. 6 and 7 went so well the doc agreed with us that the pulse dye laser probably could not clear anymore and we were so thrilled at the progress anyway. So, we took the year off and saw little if any change. The telangiectasia vessels were primarily the issue now and they were not going to involute. So, like I said in the other post, our doctor used the diode to trace these vessels and reduced about 95%. My son will be six years old next week and since his last laser at almost 3 years old, no change. The few vessels that are left and the faint discoloration where the h. was has not changed. Of course, maybe one more tx. might help...but we will leave that up to Nicholas now. My husband and I are just so grateful for the help he received, how far he has come and the outcome is beyond what we had hoped for. See, we avoided that inevitable reconstructive surgery where the doctor told me the "face lift" would leave a scar a long his entire jawline... they would try to "hide" the scar under the jawline. In my opinion, laser was a much less invasive option with long term better results. His skin is firm (segmental h. can leave skin ribbled, atrophied) and smooth. This is just the path we took. Everyone has to research and make their choices based on what feels right. I should add that Propranonol was not a treatment option for my son... his doctor wrote to me last week with his updates on his Propranonol study... he said Nicholas would have benefited from it grately. I assume laser might not have been needed?????

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