TREATMENT OF BLOOD VESSELS ON THE FACE
What lasers are used to treat my facial redness?
Lasers that emit light at a wavelength of 1064nm.
How does this laser work?
The vascular laser gently targets the vessels without affecting the surrounding tissue. The vessel walls become damaged by the laser's heat. The natural healing process shrinks the vessels until they become less visible or disappear altogether. Medical studies have documented exceptional results on telangiectasias and rosacea with vascular laser treatments. It can also used for other vascular lesions including port wine stains and for blood vessel growths called hemangiomas.
How long is the treatment?
Treatment time may vary from 15 to 30 minutes.
What are the side effects and is there "down-time"?
There is minimal down-time involved with this therapy. You can resume regular activities immediately. Pain is generally mild. Redness, swelling and mild bruising can occur, but almost always resolve in several days. Limiting sun exposure will greatly minimize the risk of complications. As with any therapy, you should contact the office if you have any concerns or questions following your treatment.
How long does the treatment last?
From experience, it is expected that the laser treatment of telangiectasias and rosacea will last for 3 - 5 years. Most people, over time, will begin to develop new vessels but previously treated vessels do not reappear.
Are there possible side effects?
Most treated patients are extremely satisfied with the outcome. Bruising following the treatment is common and resolves in several days. Persistent pigment change is rare and if it should occur, it usually resolves in 2 - 3 months. New vessel formation or "telangiectatic matting" may occur. Often the new vessels disappear without treatment within 3 months.
After three treatments