Laser treatment for removal of capillaries
Laser can fully and forever remove enlarged capillaries and venules on the face, spider like ( arachnoids ) capillaries and enlarged capillaries and venules in the legs.
Laser removal of enlarged capillaries
Enlarged capillaries on cheeks, nose and other parts of the face and body are a very common problem. By using VBeam laser the are successfully closed even after the first treatment. Sometimes it takes 2 or 3 treatments every 4 to 6 weeks to achieve optimal results. In the place of the treated capillary a redness and a mild swelling can be present and last anywhere from 2 hours up to about 2 days. Spider like capillaries are also successfully removed with laser – Spider, hemangiomas, venules and capillaries on the body and legs.
Laser removal of leg capillaries
Enlarged leg capillaries are a linear and spider-like expansions of capillaries, venules and arterioles which appear in 35% of women. Sclerotisation is the most successful method of treating the larger leg capillaries, and VBeam laser can very successfully remove smaller capillaries between 0,05 – 0,5 mm. Some capillaries can be completely closed even after the first treatment.
Side effects can be pain, inflammation and transient increase in capillary visibility. In some cases a hyperpigmentation can appear lasting up to 6 weeks. Leg compression after the treatment is not necessary but sun exposure is recommended for the next 2 months.
What sort of preparation is needed for a laser treatment of enlarged capillaries?
It is absolutely important for skin not to be sun bathed before the laser treatment, because the efficiency of the treatment is decreased and the risk of potential unwanted skin reactions is increased. It is necessary to avoid sun exposure 6 weeks before the treatment. It is advised to stop using Aspirins, Ibuprofens, and similar antirheumatics seven days before the treatment, in order to avoid the appearance of bruises. Also, the consumption of alcoholic beverages and application of creams with retinoids and glycolic acid should stop being used two days before the treatment. Two weeks before the treatment, vitamin E, ginseng, ginger, garlic and echinacea should not be used.
What is the working principle of the VBeam laser for removal of capillaries?
Candela VBeam laser is the latest version of the Pulsed Dye laser, which is 20 times stronger and 18 times faster than other PDL lasers. It emits a yellow laser beam of a certain wave length – 595nm, which absorbs the red pigment, hemoglobin in the blood vessels. In this way there is a complete selective destruction and closing of the enlarged capillaries and other vascular lesions, without any damage to the surrounding tissue.
VBeam laser has a dynamic cooling device which emits a beam of cryogen immediately before shooting a laser beam, which additionally decreases the possibility of damaging the patients skin. Cryogen cooling lowers the skin temperature and has an anesthetic effect, which provides a complete comfort for the patient during the treatment. Laser treatments are therefore less painful and can be used to remove porto wine colored stains even in children that are under one year old.
How does the skin look after the laser treatment?
Places on the skin treated with laser become reddish in appearance, a minor swelling similar to a sunburn can appear for couple of hours up to about 2 days. Sometimes small skin surfaces can become purple or blue, like bruises, and they are usually gone in about a week. The skin can be covered by makeup 24h after the treatment. Sun exposure is strictly forbidden for a month after the treatment, and it is necessary to use creams with protective factors SPF > 30, in order to prevent to appearance of hyperpigmentation.
Dermatological clinic DERMATIM, Belgrade