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One-hundred and eight patients with psoriasis completed a questionnaire concerning their knowledge about the condition. This was carried out at two departments of dermatology, at Bridgend General Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary. There were no significant differences between the two centres, and the main source of the patients' information about(More)
Laser removal of tattoos is not generally or readily available on the National Health Service and removal in privately run clinics is expensive. For those seeking removal of their tattoo this can create significant financial hardship. We investigated the psychological, social and financial impact of tattoos on the lives of those patients requesting laser(More)
Hirsutism is a common disorder affecting between 5 and 15% of the population. One of the most devastating consequences of hirsutism is the presence of unwanted facial hair. Treatment of hirsutism involves a two-pronged approach: treating the underlying cause and reduction of visible hair. Laser hair removal is one of the most effective options for reducing(More)
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(More)
Venous lakes (VLs) are common benign venous ectasias in the upper dermis. They are treated to improve cosmesis and occasionally to prevent bleeding. Numerous methods have been used, such as cryotherapy, infrared coagulation and various types of lasers. They are variable in their success and all can be complicated by scarring. We report our experiences of(More)
The response of rosacea-associated erythema and telangiectasia to treatment with the pulsed tunable dye laser (PDL) was evaluated in 12 patients. Improvements in erythema, telangiectasia, flushing, the physician's and the patient's perception of overall severity, treatment tolerability, and the adverse side effects were examined. With the sole exception of(More)
During the last 5 years, 640 patients had treatment to their port wine stains (PWS) with a flashlamp-pumped pulsed dye laser. One hundred and fifty-six patients have been discharged for varying reasons, of which 59 (38%) achieved excellent (at least 75%) lightening of their birthmark. Of the remaining patients, those who attended the clinic for the sixth(More)
In a questionnaire study to assess psychological disabilities in 110 patients with port wine stains, 71 completed questionnaires were analysed. The questionnaire revealed a high level of psychological morbidity resulting from a feeling of stigmatization amongst these patients that was not apparent in casual social intercourse. In contrast, standard(More)
The flashlamp-pumped pulsed tunable dye laser has represented a significant advance in the treatment of port-wine stains (PWS). However, not all patients will respond. In this review, the clinical features influencing the response of PWS to the pulsed dye laser will be discussed. Theoretical and clinical data are presented to explain why not all PWS will(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES The excimer laser delivers high energy monochromatic ultraviolet (UV) B at 308 nm. Advantages over conventional UV sources include targeting of lesional skin, reducing cumulative dose and inducing faster clearance. Studies of the pulsed dye laser (PDL) in psoriasis report between 57% and 82% response rates; remission may extend to(More)