Veins

What is Laser Vein removal?

Both men and women are bothered by the appearance of body and facial spider veins. In the past electrocautery has been used to treat these veins but this modality often resulted in intolerable pain and sometimes scarring. Since the advent of lasers, the Nd:YAG has been used for the treatment of unwanted small and large veins up to 4 mm in thickness and a few treatments may be required to achieve an acceptable level of improvement.

What areas of the skin surface can be treated?

Virtually any area of the body that bothers you can be treated including facial areas such as around the nose and eyes, the mouth, cheeks and chin with speed and minimal discomfort.

What desired results can be expected?

Often, patients find that one treatment is sufficient for their vein removal needs. However, for optimal results, multiple treatments may be necessary. If a vein goes completely away with treatment, it should not return, but occasionally the body reopens the vessel before it is completely reabsorbed or the vessel only partially responds. Because of this we recommend that most people need 1 to 2 treatments that are 4-12 weeks apart.

Is Laser Vein Removal safe?

With the laser treatments, there is some discomfort during the procedure that we try to minimize with cold ice and massage. After the procedure is over, there is no discomfort.

There may be small pink bumps that resemble mosquito bites that can last a day or two. Uncommonly, a skin wound such as superficial blisters and scabs can occur, which heal within 2 days to 14 days. Use of antibiotic ointment on a regular basis usually results in uneventful healing. When we target bluer veins, it is possible that a small amount of blood can "leak" out of the vessel before it is sealed resulting in a bruise or discoloration of the skin.

Bruises are temporary and resolve in 1-2 weeks. The risk increases if you are on aspirin or on blood thinners. Because blood contains iron, it is possible for a brownish discoloration to result. This is usually temporary but can occasionally last for many months.

Can Laser Vein removal be combined with other treatments?

Laser vein removal can be safely combined with most aesthetic procedures such as Botox, Fillers microdermabrasion, chemical peels and laser treatments.

Can all skin types be safely treated with Laser Vein removal?

Due to its unique design and longer wavelength this laser can be used to treat men and women of all skin types safely and effectively.

Skin Renewal Tip:

Laser Vein removal with the Nd: YAG is best for spider veins and small red spots (cherry angiomas) on the face and neck. For diffuse redness (rosacea) the treatment of choice is the IPL (Intense pulsed light), 4-6 treatments are necessary for optimal results.

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