Title : Ultra-pulsed Carbon Dioxide Laser for the Treatment of Melanocytic Nevi
Congenital melanocytic nevi (CMN) even small-sized as well as acquired melanocytic nevi (AMN) are of common cosmetic concerns and getting rid of them remain challenging. This study was conducted to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the ultra-pulsed CO2 laser for the treatment melanocytic nevi. Sixteen AMN and 7 CMN in 15 male and female Libyan patients were treated with multiple sessions ultra-pulsed CO2 laser at 1-month intervals. Clinical response at 6 months after final treatment was graded as poor (< 50%), moderate (50–75%) , good (> 75% ) and excellent where the skin of the lesion returned normal as the rest of the surrounding skin .All treated nevi showed good to excellent cosmetic outcomes after 2 or 4 treatment sessions. The post laser complication were minimal and transit except for one atrophic scar. No recurrence of pigmentation during the six months of follow-up period. In Conclusions: Ultra-pulsed CO2 laser seems to be effective and associate with minimum adverse side effect in the treatment of small CMN and AMN.