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Laser technology has made great strides in the treatment of cosmetic blemishes caused by vascular changes or abnormalities. Everything from large port-wine stains and little cherry spots to spider veins on the legs and face can now be significantly faded, if not completely erased, by the beams of light these remarkable instruments produce. And, as importantly, there is now little risk of the scarring, bruising, or loss of pigmentation that other lasers and technologies can cause.
Gone forever is the necessity to suffer any embarrassment or self-consciousness because of a vascular blemish.
Understanding Vascular Lesions
Vascular lesions (blemishes) come in all shapes and sizes and have a variety of causes. Port-wine stains, for example, are congenital overgrowths of small blood vessels in the skin. Facial and other spider veins (telangiectasias) are a normal part of aging or can be caused by hormonal changes, skin disease, or even sun damage.
In the past, the only remedy for vascular lesions was to cover them with make-up. More recently, treatments have emerged, like electrodessication, sclerotherapy, dermabrasion, and similar techniques, but results are unpredictable, and many leave a scar or a visible white, unpigmented area.
VersaPulse®, the New Treatment Option
Now, the new VersaPulse® Aesthetic Laser, is a state-of-the-art system specially designed to treat the full range of vascular lesions.
The VersaPulse Advantage
The VersaPulse Aesthetic Laser produces short, adjustable pulses of light to treat a wide variety of vessel diameters at various skin depths. The adjustable pulses minimize the risk of purplish bruising (purpura).
The special VersaSpot Chilled Tip™ cools the skin during treatment, enhancing patient comfort. The entire treatment involves no incisions.
What You Can Expect
Laser treatments for vascular lesions depend on the quantity, size, and depth of the vessels. Patients with cherry angiomas, and facial or leg spider veins usually need between one and three 15 - 30-minute sessions. Patients with port-wine stains may need three or more sessions. Treatments are usually spaced 6 - 12 weeks apart and are performed in the Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center.
The laser treatment itself feels like tiny pin pricks or numerous small snaps with a rubberband. Most patients do not require anesthesia during the procedure. Topical or local anesthesia is provided for those who do.
The appearance of the treated area immediately after a laser session will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent of treatment. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They may include redness, light crusting, or tenderness, all of which disappear in a short time. Your physician will be happy to tell you more about your treatment and what you can expect.
For more information, call Lourdes Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center at 607-798-5991.