Dr. Scott now offers Vascular Laser to treat unsightly facial and leg veins. This treatment uses the most advanced technology to safely and effectively treat superficial blood vessels in men & women of all skin tones.
The Vascular Laser (also known as the Nd:YAG Laser) uses a longer wavelength (1064nm) to reach deeper layers of the skin than other laser types. It treats a broad range of vessels from tiny spider veins to deep blue reticular veins quickly, safely, and effectively. Patients with dark, light or tanned skin can experience outstanding results.
How it works
The Vascular Laser delivers 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.
- Small, facial veins
- Capillaries (or telangiectasia)
- Spider veins
- Large blue leg veins
- Cherry angiomas on the body
- Birthmarks or port-wine stains (PWS)
- Poikiloderma (or sun damage) on the neck and décolletage
- Red scars
Dr. Scott will discuss with you the suitability of this treatment at your consultation. Vascular Laser treatments are performed by Dr. Scott.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Dr. Scott will advise you on the best course of action, but many doctors and patients prefer Vascular Laser treatment because there are no painful injections.
Blood blisters or hemangiomas respond very well to Vascular Laser treatment, usually with just one session. Patients with port wine stains and other vascular lesions may require multiple treatments.
Often, patients find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, colour, and size of the vessels being treated. Since individual results vary, this will be discussed at your consultation with Dr. Scott.
Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Although topical numbing gel is generally not required, it can be applied beforehand to make the treatment as comfortable as possible. Following the treatment, there is minimal to no pain.
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.
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. Dr. Scott will discuss the benefits and risks of treatment in more detail at the time of consultation.
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.
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 to appear, but these too can be removed with the Vascular Laser.