Harnessing the Power of Light to Treat Unsightly Veins
What Are Unsightly Veins?
Doctors often refer to unsightly veins as benign vascular lesions. These lesions appear on the surface of the skin as splotches, dots, bulges and spider shapes. They can show up in a variety of colors ranging from red to purple to brown. Sometimes they are caused by weakness in the walls or valves of veins, causing blood to stagnate rather than be circulated. Some vascular lesions are so tiny that they are not visible under normal conditions, and others are quite prominent.
Treatment Options: YAG Laser and IPL (Intense Pulsed Light)
Breakthrough technology provides non-invasive, gentle treatments for spider veins as well as facial blood vessels. One technology utilizes a YAG laser to offer effective and long-lasting results for a range of benign vascular lesions. YAG Laser systems can selectively heat and destroy different sized blood vessels at depths below the skin's surface with excellent results. By delivering the laser light in highly focused pulses, the YAG computer-controlled system allows the skin and healthy surrounding tissues to cool down, avoiding thermal damage. Pain during treatment and side effects afterward are greatly reduced. Most patients can immediately return to their normal routines.
Another option for superficial vascularity is IPL or Intense Pulsed Light. Using a broadband light, the IPL treatment covers a larger area with each pulse allowing us to treat the entire face in approximately 30 minutes.