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Today, men and women alike are making unsightly facial and leg veins a thing of the past, without previously required painful injections. With the most advanced technology, a unique design, and a longer wavelength, the Cutera CoolGlide can safely and effectively treat both tiny superficial face veins and deeper blue leg veins on men and women of all skin tones.
The best way to find out exactly what Laser Treatment for Vascular Lesions is and how it works is through a Q&A style format. Below you will find some of the most common questions asked about Laser Treatment for Vascular Lesions.
All clients seeking laser treatments must first have a consultation. In your consultation these questions and answers are reviewed with you. You must have a good understanding of what to expect from Laser Treatment for Vascular Lesions to consent to the procedure. The consultation also allows us to review your treatment plan and what results you should expect. It is also a time to evaluate your skin type and vascular lesions to make sure that laser treatments will be effective for you. You will have a “test spot” done on your skin, which will be re-evaluated during your first scheduled treatment.
Below are photographs from before and after Vascular Laser Treatments using the Cutera CoolGlide Laser.
How does it work?
There are different theories as to how a laser works to target varicose veins. What is clear is that the laser’s energy is attracted to pigments, and in the case of dilated blood vessels, the hemoglobin within them. At certain wavelengths the energy is most absorbed by the pigments at different depths in your skin. Because of the ability to change the way the energy is delivered with a Cutera CoolGlide, blood vessels of different sizes and colors can be targeted. As the energy is delivered to the blood (hemoglobin) within a blood vessel, the blood is rapidly coagulated and in the next few weeks to months your body clears the treated vessels and the coagulated blood within them.
What kind of varicose veins can be treated?
Spider veins and non-building varicose veins are easily treated. Dilated capillaries on the legs or on the face are easily treated. The redness of Rosacea is treated easily. Any red pigment skin spots, such as cherry hemangioma are easily treated.
The laser cannot treat bulging variscose veins. These veins actually have blood flowing in them at all times, but backwards (away from the heart). These veins must be treated by surgery or sclerotherapy.
Does it hurt?
Many people report little or no discomfort wile others report a stinging sensation only when the laser pulse is delivered. The cold hand piece is applied to your skin before and after the pulse is delivered. This helps relieve discomfort.
Is it safe?
Laser treatment of varicose veins is very safe if done correctly. Because the amount of energy delivered when treating veins is very high, this procedure is not recommended for darker skinned individuals because of an increased chance of either permanent lightening or darkening of treated skin.
It is possible to blister after treatment of veins and the change of blistering is highest with the vein treatment while it is the lowest with Laser Genesis.
Is it permanent?
Most treated veins will disappear after 1 to 2 treatments. The physician doing the treatment will see your blood vessels “blink” or turn dark which is a sign that you will likely have a very good result.
As time goes on, eventually you will have more varicose and spider veins come to the surface of your skin if you are prone to this condition. These can easily be treated.
How many treatments are needed to see results?
Most people notice a significant difference after one treatment. A second treatment is scheduled to treat any vessels that may not have responded during the first treatment, 3-6 weeks later. Touch-up treatments can be scheduled as new varicosities appear.
What are my alternatives for treatment of varicose and spider veins?
Bulging veins may require vein stripping surgery to remove the vein. Veins have valves in them every couple inches that prevent blood from following gravity. Bulging veins have “blown” valves that do not present the back flow of blood.
Sclerotherapy involves injections of a sclerosing (hardening) chemical. Like laser, your body must clear the blood vessel and its contents over time.
Support hosery have been proven to improve or prevent varicose and spider veins, although, they are a good idea and most doctors recommend them (and some wear them all day).