The Ophthalmology Unit,  Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS), Kuching, Sarawak.

The Ophthalmology Department, Sarawak General Hospital, Kuching, Sarawak, East Malaysia.



Laser resurfacing for xanthelasma

Photo by Professor Chua Chung Nen

This 38 year-old woman underwent laser resurfacing in a private hospital to remove the xanthelasma. Unfortunately, the procedure was unsuccessful and she developed areas of depigmentation. Serial excision was performed to excised the depigmented area and the xanthelasma.


Laser resurfacing is unsuitable for pigmented patients as depigmentation may be a complication.


Bilateral xanthelasma and depigmentation.


Area of depigmentation caused by laser resurfacing. There is scarring of the right canthal region.

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