Palomar Medical Laser > Spider Vein Theraphy


Spider Vein Theraphy - Leg Veins:

How does it work?
The Palomar system deliver pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin's surface, where it should be.


Who can be treated?
This Laser, features a unique design and long wavelength that allows treatment of patients of all skin tones. 


What types of veins can be treated? 
We can remove unsightly veins from all parts of the body, including face, neck, legs, decollete. Small, facial veins (or telangiectasia) can be treated quickly without bruising or complication. Spider veins and large blue leg veins can also be treated with excellent results. Knotty varicose veins are not good candidates. A careful evaluation with your physician will help you determine which vessels can be treated and the best course of treatment.


How does this compare to Sclerotheraphy?
Sclerotherapy can result in arterial occlusion with tissue death/necrosis.


What about blood blisters and port wine stains?

Blood blisters or "haemangiomas" respond very well to the Palomar Laser, 1064, usually with just one treatment, although you will be asked to return in 2 weeks for a follow up consultation and touch up if necessary. Patients with port wine stains and other vascular lesions who had given up on finding a solution have been overwhelmed by the success of their 1064 vascular treatments. Consult your physician for a thorough evaluation.


How many treatments will I need?

Often, patients find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color, and size of the vessels being treated. Since individual results vary, ask your medical professional about your specific condition.


Do the treatments hurt?

Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the hand piece. Although no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, many patients opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Following the treatment, the pain is minimal to non-existent.


What happens after the treatment?

Following your treatment, some redness or bruising may occur. When larger veins are treated, a tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks or months following treatment. Patients who have leg vein treatments may be advised to wear support hose for a short period of time.


What are the possible side effects?

Although many patients report few if any side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin. These effects typically last for less than 24 hours. Some patients may experience bruising and, in rare instances, blistering may occur. Consult with your medical professional for complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment.


Are there any restrictions on my activity after the treatment?

Patients generally resume most normal activities immediately. However, it is recommended that you avoid vigorous activities such as strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after treatment. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun. As always, it is a good idea to limit your sun exposure.


When will I see results?

Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have shown significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months. Over time, it is possible for new veins in a different area, to appear, as these are Genetic in origin, but these too can be removed with the the 1064 Laser.


BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES - (post 1 treatment)
 

 

Post-Treatment Guidelines - Vascular Lesions:

  •  A mild sunburn-like sensation is expected. This usually lasts 2-24 hours but can persist up to 72 hours. Mild swelling and/or redness may accompany this, but it usually resolves in 2-3 days. Apply ice or gel packs to the treatment area for 10-15 minutes every hour for the next four hours, as needed. An oral, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication may be taken to reduce discomfort.
  • The vessels may undergo immediate graying or blanching, or they may exhibit a slight purple or red color change. The vessels will fully or partially fade in about 10-14 days.
  • Until redness has resolved, it is highly recommended to avoid the following:
       o Apply cosmetics to the treated area.
       o Swimming, especially in pools with chemicals, such as chlorine.
       o Hot tubs, Jacuzzis, and saunas. o Activities that causes excessive perspiration.
       o Sun exposure and tanning to treated areas. Apply a SPF daily.
       o Aggressive scrubbing and use of exfoliants on the treated area.
  • Bath or shower as usual. Treated areas may be temperature-sensitive.
  • Repeat treatments may be performed every 7-10 days if skin has fully recovered.
  • Advise person being treated not to pick, remove, or pull at scabs as scarring may occur.


Possible Side-Effects:

  • A low risk of prolonged itching, redness and blistering.
  • Risk of hair removal in treated area.
  • A very low risk of bruising, peeling, rash, lightning or darkening on the skin color, ingrown hair, removal of freckles, crusting swelling and infection.
  • Scarring.

Advise your client being treated to call their treatment provider if side effects occur.

 
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