Unsightly veins may be tiny, but they can be quite bothersome, especially if you work hard to maintain a healthy, attractive appearance. Laser treatments can significantly reduce the appearance of these veins without any needles or incisions by precisely targeting the tiny blood vessels under the surface.
Laser vein treatments can achieve great results for patients as young as their early 20s who are bothered by the appearance of any of the following:
- Spider veins
- Vascular lesions
- Broken capillaries
How Does Laser Vein Treatment Work?
We use the Cutera CoolGlide laser to reduce unsightly veins in a process that works just like laser hair removal. The laser energy (at a specific wavelength) is absorbed by pigment in the blood of the vein. The energy can penetrate the skin, bypassing the skin pigment and becoming absorbed by the red pigment in the blood. Since the beam passes through a computer-controlled cooling plate, it does not harm the skin. This technique represents an improvement over previous vein treatments that used a short wavelength laser.
As well as having a longer wavelength, the CoolGlide laser has a faster pulse, so each tiny pulse of light lasts only a few thousandths of one second! That means the light energy is not wasted by being spread over the skin, but goes directly to the blood in the vein.
Because the CoolGlide has an adjustable beam, we can use it to treat veins of different sizes on the face. Each vein treatment is entirely customized to the size, depth, and color of the veins.
Can any skin type undergo laser vein treatment?
Because the laser targets skin pigment, considerations about skin type may be a factor to discuss. More pigment in the skin creates “competition” with the pigment in the vein. With older lasers, this eliminated certain people as candidates for vein or hair removal, but the CoolGlide laser is better designed for penetrating beneath the skin surface, so now this is less of a problem. However, it still may be a good idea to avoid tanning before a vein treatment.
Additionally, laser treatments are not generally not effective for treating varicose veins (i.e., veins larger than a few millimeters in diameter).
To learn more about laser vein treatment, please contact our office.