Laser Vein Therapy

Superficialvein-300x156 vascular lesions are most appropriately treated with our Laser Vein Therapy utilizing the 1064 nm Nd: YAG ClearScan laser. The BBL / IPL laser is effective for treating redness, flushing, blushing, Rosacea, red scars and broken capillaries. Vascular lesions that are bigger than 3 mm, bulging or deeper in tissue should not be treated with cutaneous lasers. Other forms of treatment are more appropriate for these types of vessels, including Sclerotherapy.

Using the theory of selective photothermolysis, benign vascular lesions can be treated with the appropriate BBL filter/Nd: YAG (1064 nm) and settings that will cause selective absorption of light in the blood that is flowing through the targeted vessel. The absorption converts light into heat energy, which raises the temperature of the blood. Heat is conducted to the lining of the vessel wall leading to its injury. All of this should happen selectively and without damage being done to the skin or surrounding tissue.

Patient response can vary after a vein removal treatment. Erythema (redness) and edema (swelling) around the treated vessels are usually noted within a few minutes after the completion of the procedure and typically have a “cat scratch” like appearance.  A sunburn sensation and a slight feeling of soreness in the area treated are also normal and expected. These reactions tend to subside within 24-48 hours after the treatment.

After 48 hours, the skin over the treated veins will look slightly red, purple, or bruised. Sometimes the veins will be more visible than they were prior to treatment. This is normal. Within the first two to three weeks, the redness and purple color will begin to fade. Each week, the color will become lighter and the veins will become less noticeable. After 2-4 weeks, if any veins are still visible, another laser vein removal treatment will be necessary.