Laser for Vessels

Laser is really the best treatment for vessels.

MoS can successfully remove most red lesions.

At MoS we most commonly treat any red vessels or lesions with our lasers. Laser uses a wavelength of light that is specifically attracted to the hemoglobin (red) in the vessels and its depth within the skin. We have a number of lasers that enable us to treat vessels of different sizes and colors and those at different skin depths.

Vascular lesions on the face and body are very common. The commonest presentation we see are small red vessels on the cheeks, chin or around the nose, whilst others suffer with background redness on their cheeks. We also see small red lesions on the face, lips and trunk or unwanted visible vessels in the legs.

Common cause of visible veins or facial redness include but are not limited to:

  • Sun damage
  • Ageing
  • Rosacea
  • Skin Cancers
  • Thinning skin
  • Vascular inflammation
  • Vascular problems or blocked arteries
  • Vein valvular issues
  • High Blood Pressure

Other treatments we may use, or use in combination with laser, are active home skin care, prescription medication, SkinPen, LED light Therapy and Plasmage.

MoS can successfully remove most red lesions. However, to ensure optimal results we first recommend  a medical assessment via a medical consultation to diagnose the concern, identify its cause and discuss and select the best treatment for you.  Without this, treatment may be unsuccessful or the problem may recur.

Laser for Vessels FAQ

What is Laser for vessels and how does it work?

Laser for vascular concerns uses a specific wavelength of light attracted to the chromophore oxyheamoglobin (within blood). The energy from the laser is absorbed by the blood inside the vessels; this energy is then converted to heat, causing the vessels walls to be destroyed. Your Aesthetician will choose the correct wavelength of light to treat either the vessel of concern, background redness, vascular lesion or the vascular feeding system depending on your individual concern. The aim of the treatment is to reduce or eliminate the appearance of the target of concern, whilst improving the skin’s barrier function and reduce inflammation.

What are the benefits of using laser for vessels?

Laser is really the best treatment for vessels. The laser is specifically attracted to the vessel which it coagulates leading to vessel elimination.

The vessels or vascular lesions are required to be a certain size. Too large a vessel may not be treatable by a laser e.g. larger leg varicose veins. However, in these instances the vessels may be due to a deeper vascular issue which will first need to be treated to get optimal resolution and prevent return. A Doctor / medical consultation with our Doctor can help identify such concerns and make referrals for you, if required.

What areas does it treat/what does it treat?

The procedure can be applied to parts of the body, for example legs, nose, chin, cheeks and can treat many lesions, for example telangiectasia, venous lakes, spider veins, hemangiomas.

Who is a good candidate/what age should treatment start?

Anyone over 15 years of age with a red lesion of concern can have this treatment. For younger patients, the laser may just be a bit too painful or often the room and noise of the machine can be frightening. Our Doctor will always check the lesion first and ensure laser is suitable for it.

What preparation do I need before having the procedure?

Please arrive at the clinic with clean skin, no lotions, creams, perfumes, powders and no makeup on.

Please ensure you have not had any active tanning in the last 2 weeks.

Wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 30 to protect your skin.

Ensure all spray tan is removed from the skin.

If you have a risk of cold sores, start taking antivirals 2 days before the procedure.

Do not consume alcohol on the day of the procedure.

Drink plenty of water for the 48 hours leading up to the procedure.

Do not have any other facial laser, IPL or RF treatments on the skin for 2 weeks before your treatment.

If you are unwell or have any skin infections on the areas to be treated, please call us to reschedule your appointment.

Please stop any retinols (Vitamin A) treatments 1 week before the treatment.

How is the treatment performed?

The skin being treated will be cleansed. You will then be given some eye protection in the form of goggles or eye stickers. The laser will then be used to treat the areas of concern. The laser uses a cooling system too, to reduce discomfort. This blows cold area onto the surface layer of skin to cool it. The procedure is relatively comfortable.

Is it painful?

The procedure is not painful. Some steps may give a flicking sensation. The application of the laser cooling system will help to reduce any discomfort felt.

How long does the procedure take?

The entire procedure can take on average between 20 – 30 minutes.

Is there any downtime?

There is minimal to no downtime. When you leave, your cheeks may be rosy and feel warm. This may last 1-2 days. There may also be some mild swelling for 2 to 3 days after the procedure.

The vessels will either go instantly, or turn a purple colour, or they will stay the same but fade over time.

What is the aftercare required?

You must apply a broad-spectrum SPF minimum of 30 to the treated area for protection from the sun.

You must avoid any form of laser treatment, RF, or IPL treatment for at least a month after the procedure.

How many treatments are required?

Most require 2 treatments, but some require up to 5 to get permanent resolution of the vessels. Each treatment is done 4-6 weeks apart. Combining the treatment with other things such as skincare and LEDs will expedite results and give better maintenance.

How long does the result last and when should it be repeated?

The result is permanent. However, vessels can continue to reform on the skin, especially in certain conditions such as rosacea or with sun exposure, pollution or the skin’s surface being uncompromised. Also, with age, certain red lesions such as Campbell de Morgan spots and telangiectasia can form due to simple genetics and, therefore, new lesions reappearing elsewhere on the body cannot be prevented. Results can last longer with optimal skincare.

What treatments work well with this?

Laser is the best treatment for red lesions. However optimal skincare, protection of the skin from environmental damage and LEDs or treatments such as SkinPen or facials can also help improve the skins quality and prevent red lesions.

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