Blood Vessel Treatment
There are tiny red blood vessels running along parts of the face just under the surface of the skin. If they dilate, they can become noticeable. Also known as spider veins or broken capillaries, the medical term for them is telangiectasias. They frequently appear around the nose, chin and cheeks. These facial capillaries may look like a series of lines, tree branches or a spider- or web-like shape, with a red or blue color. While most cases of facial capillaries are of no medical concern, many patients dislike the appearance of them when they develop in visible areas.
Facial capillaries occur as a result of a backup of blood within certain veins. As the blood collects, it begins to expand into the capillaries and they become visible under the surface of the skin. This is a common condition and may develop as a result of rosacea, hormonal changes, pregnancy, heredity, sun exposure and other causes.
Blood vessel problems such as these often begin to occur in patients between the ages of 18 and 35 and tend to run in families. They are particularly common in fair skinned individuals who have had sun exposure. This condition also affects women much more frequently than men and may progressively get worse. A lot of patients are bothered by the emergence of capillaries on the face, and seek treatment to reduce them.
Laser Treatment for Blood Vessel Removal
Laser treatments are highly effective and minimally invasive, offering aesthetically-pleasing results without painful or lengthy downtimes. Your doctor can put laser energy to use to eliminate or reduce the appearance of redness, veins and other blood vessel issues that often develop on the skin.
Laser treatment, commonly in the form of pulsed dye and pulsed green lasers, are effective in reducing the appearance of telangiectasias and restoring skin to a smoother look and feel. They work by sealing off the targeted veins. The laser aims carefully controlled pulses of light at the damaged veins. The veins absorb the light and heat up, then collapse and close. They are then gradually reabsorbed by the body. During this procedure, patients may experience a mild sensation similar to a pinprick, but it is not considered particularly painful to most people.
Laser blood vessel removal treatments are most commonly performed on the face, neck, chest and legs, although any area of the skin can be safely treated. Your doctor will determine an individual treatment plan for you during your initial consultation.
Candidates for Laser Blood Vessel Removal
The majority of patients with telangiectasias are good candidates for a laser treatment. These procedures are safe and gentle enough to be applied to most types of skin. After assessing your specific condition and goals for treatment, your physician can discuss with you whether a laser procedure would be the most effective way to correct the problem.
How does this treatment work?
During the treatment, laser energy will be delivered directly to the problem area to heat and destroy the unwanted blood vessels. You may experience a warm or hot sensation as the laser heats the vessel. Anesthesia is an option, but many patients find the treatment to be tolerable with no need for an anesthetic.
Each treatment session will generally take between 10 and 30 minutes but may vary in length of time, depending on the size and location of the targeted area. Multiple treatments are usually necessary in order to obtain optimal results. Treatments are generally performed at intervals of four to six weeks. Your doctor will help you determine how many treatment sessions are needed to achieve your desired results.
What is recovery like?
After a laser treatment is complete, patients may notice a mild red or pink color in the treated area, as well as tenderness, bruising and pigment changes. These side effects are often mild and go away on their own within a few days. Patients should avoid wearing makeup until the following day, but can resume work and other regular activities immediately following treatment.
It is essential that patients avoid direct sun exposure during healing, and should apply a sunscreen of at least SPF 15 whenever going outside.
Spider & Varicose Veins
Spider and varicose veins are an embarrassing and often painful condition that affects millions of men and women as a result of heredity, pregnancy and hormones. Affected veins appear on the leg as a raised, tangled, unattractive web under the surface of the skin. Women are most often affected by this problem and as a result may be embarrassed to wear shorts or show their legs.
While spider and varicose veins have been successfully treated for years through conventional methods such as stripping, ligation and sclerotherapy, these procedures often cause pain and complications. Laser procedures offer patients more precise results through a minimally invasive procedure, which heats the vein and causes it to close, rather than removing it surgically.
Laser vein treatment offers patients:
- Fewer side effects
- Less trauma
- Shorter treatment time
- Shorter recovery
Types of Laser Vein Treatment
There are several different laser procedures available for treating spider and varicose veins. The best procedure for you depends on your individual condition. Your doctor will decide which procedure to perform on you after performing a physical examination and going over your medical history and general health.
Simple laser treatment is used to treat spider veins and small varicose veins that are just under the surface of the skin through a series of treatments.
Endovenous laser treatment, or EVLT, is an advanced procedure that can be used to treat larger varicose veins by passing the laser fiber through a catheter directly into the vein. This procedure is performed using ultrasound guidance to ensure accurate delivery of the laser energy. This procedure is quickly becoming the standard for effective treatment of spider and varicose veins.
Candidates for Laser Vein Treatment
The ideal candidate for laser vein treatment is a patient who is in good overall health, does not smoke and has no blood diseases or problems with bleeding. It is important for patients to have realistic expectations for this procedure, and to be seeking improvement for the appearance of their spider and varicose veins on their own accord.
Procedure of Laser Vein Treatment
Laser vein treatment is usually performed under local anesthesia on an outpatient basis. Each treatment session takes less than 20 minutes to perform, and patients can return to work and other normal activities immediately afterwards.
You may experience a slight tingling sensation during the procedure as the laser energy is delivered to the targeted vein. Other patients report a sensation similar to a rubber band being snapped on the leg. Most patients are able to tolerate this procedure well with the use of a local anesthetic.
Most patients see effective results from this procedure after two to six treatments that are spaced four to six weeks apart. Those with larger veins may require additional treatments.
Recovery from Laser Vein Treatment
After laser vein treatment, patients may experience slight redness and bruising in the treated area, and may also notice a slight bump on the skin. These symptoms are usually mild and will go away on their own within a few days. Patients who undergo endovenous laser treatment may be required to wear compression stockings for about a week after the procedure.
The results of this procedure are not visible right away, and will instead appear gradually over the next few weeks. The treated veins will slowly develop scar tissue and begin to close, as blood flow is diverted to healthier veins. The appearance of the treated veins will significantly improve over this time as well.
Laser vein treatment is extremely successful in closing affected veins and improving the appearance of the legs through a less invasive procedure. More than 98 percent of patients are satisfied with the results of this procedure, and most results are permanent.
Risks and Complications of Laser Vein Treatment
Although laser vein treatment is considered a safe procedure, there is always a risk of complication associated with any type of medical or cosmetic procedure. Although rare, these complications may include:
- Blood clotting
- Nerve damage
Patients can minimize these risks by choosing a doctor who is experienced in performing this procedure, and by adhering to their doctor's instructions for before and after the procedure.
To learn more about laser vein treatment and to find out if it is right for you, please call us today to schedule a consultation.
To learn more about our Blood Vessel Treatment Service, please contact us at (516) 295-0404 or (212) 257-0007.