Tuberous Sclerosis (angiofibromas)Angiofibromas
What are angiofibromas?
Angiofibromas are red (or sometimes skin colored) lesions located on the sides of the nose and cheeks. These benign growths may negatively impact a patient’s appearance and cause emotional upset. Patients with a neurocutaneous disorder called Tuberous Sclerosis commonly have many facial angiofibromas, and may desire treatment for removal of the skin lesions and reduction of skin redness.
What are the treatment options?
The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of NY® is at the forefront of angiofibroma therapy and has presented innovative, safe and effective treatment for patients with angiofibromas, published in Lasers in Surgery & Medicine (see below). These
treatments include ablative and non-ablative lasers, the choice of which is dependent upon the thickness and color of the growths. The laser treatments are often performed in conjunction with topical sirolimus (rapamycin).
What other treatments are there?
Other procedures for treatment of angiofibroma include topical rapamycin, surgical excision, cryosurgery, dermabrasion, CO2 laser treatment, photodynamic therapy, 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser, ablative fractionated lasers, and vascular lasers. The Laser & Skin Surgery Center of NY® strives to offer a myriad of treatment options and ensures that a board-certified dermatologist supports the patient with selecting an optimal treatment. The chosen treatment is tailored to the patient’s goals, and precautions are taken to prevent angiofibroma recurrence, skin pigment changes, scarring, and infection.
Research conducted by Roy G. Geronemus, M.D. and Yoon-Soo Cindy Bae-Harboe, M.D., was selected as Editor's Choice for the November 2013 issue of Lasers in Surgery and Medicine (LSM).
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- Daniel A. Belkin, M.D.
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