Pulsed Dye Laser and NdYAGCategorized in Blood Vessels, Laser Treatment
Facial telangiectasia (spider veins) and leg veins are a common problem, affecting millions of people. Many patients want to get rid of these unwanted veins on their nose, cheeks and around the eyes, and with a variety of lasers we are able to safely, easily and effectively treat these facial spider veins.
Lasers are the most effective treatment for erasing veins on the face. Lasers deliver precise dosages of energy to each vein, with minimal risk to the surrounding skin. During the treatment, light energy is delivered through a special handpick to the targeted vein. Then the energy is absorbed by the blood vessels. The heat and energy absorption causes the blood vessel clot which is slowly absorbed by the body.
There is minimal discomfort after the laser treatments. In some cases patients may experience some swelling, redness or blistering, and the skin might feel tender for a few days. However, applying ice to the treated area can help to minimize swelling and inflammation. Dr. Saluja will answer any questions regarding pre and post care during consultation.
At Saluja Cosmetic and Laser Center, we have several laser systems which can effectively eradicate vascular lesions, which ensures that we have the right laser to treat each patient’s individual needs. The following lasers are used to treat veins on the face:
Nd:Yag long pulsed dye lasers
- Elite MPX
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL)
While all of the different laser can seem confusing at first, don’t worry! Your doctor will be able to choose the most appropriate laser for you. We just want to show you that we have all of the possible lasers you might need, so no matter what your individual situation is we will be able to treat you.
Lesions which can be treated:
Spider veins of the leg
Port wine stains
Venous lakes of the lip
Q: How long does it take to do a treatment?
A: Treatment sessions for vascular lesions can be from 5 min to 45 min depending on the area needing the treatment.
Q: How many treatments does it take to see results?
A: The number of treatments can vary based on several factors including the size and depth of the vein. Usually multiple treatments (2-5) are require to produce pleasing results.
Q: What causes facial veins?
A: Several factors contribute to the development of facial veins such as heredity, sun exposure, oral contraceptives, hormone therapy or the aging process. Facial veins can also be related to rosacea, another treatable skin condition.
Q: What are spider veins?
A: Spider veins are very small and usually red or blue in color. They are much closer to the surface compared to varicose veins. They can look like a thin red line, tree branches or a spider web. Spider veins can be found on the legs, face, and may cover a small or large area.
Q: Do facial vein treatments hurt?
A: In general pain is minimal. Many patients say the laser treatment feels like the snap of a rubber band on the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered. Cold air is blowing during the treatment which helps minimize discomfort. After the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
Q: Will the veins return after a laser treatment?
A: Optimal results can be maintained if you apply sunscreen to the treated area and avoid excessive sun exposure. Over time it is possible for new veins to grow in, but these too can be treated and erased.
Q: Are laser treatments safe on the face?
A: Yes, laser have been used safely for millions of treatments worldwide. Laser systems treat only the targeted vessels, leaving the surrounding tissue interacts.