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Laser Treatment of Spider Veins

Telangiectasia of the face

  • Are you bothered by the small visible veins on your face called Telangiectasia?
  • Have you tried make-up and other means to cover them up unsuccessfully?
  • Have you wished there was a way to greatly diminish them or even get rid of them altogether?


Many people are bothered by dilated capillaries on their face as well as other parts of their bodies. They feel it detracts from their appearance. Your physician knows they can be troublesome too and wants to help you achieve a more pleasant appearance.

Now there is a new, safe and effective treatment for birthmarks, small facial veins and other benign vascular lesions of the skin. In fact IPL (Intense Pulse Light) technology was designed to physician specifications to treat these lesions successfully. What that means to you is a comfortable reduction of your lesion without the bruising caused by other laser systems. Patients who have asked for this treatment are pleased with their new appearance when their skin problems are diminished.

Q – How did I get these Telangiectasia (vascular lesions)?

A – They are congenital, acquired through overexposure to the sun, a result of oral contraceptives, hormone therapy, or the aging process.

Q – Are these common problems?

A – Yes, and often quite bothersome! That’s why thousands of patients every year are treated with a laser to decrease the appearance of these problem spots.

Q – Why should I have these veins treated?

A – Many people feel lesions detract from their appearance. With a means of treatment as comfortable, safe and effective as IPL (Intense Pulse Light) technology, there is simply no reason to live with this problem.

Q – Should I be concerned about these lesions?

A – As with any lesion you may find, consult your physician first, especially if:”it has changed color, size, shape, texture, itches or it is weeping.”

Q – What treatment options are available to me for these veins?

A – Depending on the lesion, treatment could involve: surgical removal, injections of various agents, topical medications or lasers, some of which are painful and may cause scarring or simply do not give optimal results.

Q – What does treatment with IPL (Intense Pulse Light) feel like?

A – Most adults treated using IPL call it the “gentle laser.” Patients feel virtually nothing up to a sensation of a hot pinprick for a fraction of a second. It’s so gentle that local anesthesia is seldom necessary. IPL technology treats tissue by gently sealing vessels, unlike some laser systems such as flash lamp pulsed dye lasers which cause bruising that persists 1 – 2 weeks after treatment.

Q – What does treatment consist of? What will happen to me when I’m treated?

A – Treatment with a laser varies from patient to patient depending on the type of lesion, size of the affected area, the color of the skin around the lesion and the depth to which the lesion extends beneath the skin’s surface. In general, these are the steps that will take place:

  1. Your physician will probably test your skin reaction to the laser during your first visit to determine the most effective treatment.
  2. Because of the bright light created by the laser you will be asked to wear some form of eye protection consisting of an opaque covering or goggles.
  3. Treatment consists of placing a small handpiece against the surface of the skin and activating the laser. With each flash, most patients describe no feeling at all, while others describe it as a “slight sting.”
  4. Some lesions, like small spider veins, will require only a few pulses, while others will require many more. Larger lesions will require re-treatment, necessitating multiple patient visits.
  5. Most patients do not request protection from pain. In some cases, however, depending upon the nature of the lesion and the patient’s age, the physician may elect to use some form of anesthesia.

Q – Are there any side effects?

A – Side effects are uncommon and usually minimal. They will be explained by your physician.

Q – What do I do after treatment? Do I need to do anything special to my skin?

A – Your physician will give you full instructions for skin care after being treated with a laser. The use of sunscreens many times is common.

Q – How can I avoid getting more of these lesions in the future?

A – Optimal results are best achieved only if you avoid exposing the treated area to the sun or by covering the area with a sun block that is approved by your physician. The use of sunscreens is always recommended when you will be exposed to the sun.

Q – How do I get treated?

A – Tell your physician you want your problem spots treated. Soon you will be on your way to a better appearance!


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