How does laser remove dilated capillaries and other vascular lesions, including birthmarks?
Laser light is directed through the skin targeting the unwanted capillaries or veins. The light used is such that it is preferentially absorbed within these blood vessels. The absorbed light is converted to heat, which irreversibly alters the capillary wall, promoting its removal.
Which vascular laser does Dr. Green use?
The Excel-VTM and VersaPulseTM are the brands of laser that Dr Green uses. They have demonstrated to be consistently effective in eradicating unwanted dilated capillaries and a large array of vascular lesions.
Is there any harm in removing capillaries and other benign vascular lesions?
No. Dilated capillaries and veins accumulate blood within their channels, rendering them functionless. By the time these vascular lesions have appeared, normal capillaries or veins, in the same vicinity, have taken over their function. The removal does not adversely affect the local circulation and is considered safe.
Does treatment result in the appearance of new capillaries?
No. Treatment does not, usually, stimulate new capillary growth. However, anyone who has dilated capillaries is likely predisposed to this problem and can expect new dilated capillaries to develop, whether or not pre-existing capillaries have been treated.
What can I expect after treatment?
After treatment the skin overlying the capillaries may be somewhat red and swollen. These changes resolve in a few hours to a few days. During the subsequent days and weeks, the successfully treated capillaries and vascular lesions disappear.
How many treatments are required?
Usually, Dilated Capillaries on the face respond after one treatment; on the legs, several treatments are typically required. Factors affecting the number of treatments include skin complexion and the color of the capillaries: those that are prominent and bright red respond much better than those that are faint. Most Cherry Hemangiomas and Spider Angiomas disappear after one treatment no matter where they are located.
What will I feel during treatment and after?
Each laser pulse feels like the skin is being snapped with a small rubber band. Immediately after treatment there is, usually, no discomfort. Some feel a stinging sensation; if present, it resolves spontaneously within minutes to a few hours. All activities may be resumed immediately including aerobics, running, and swimming.
Is treatment with laser safe?
Yes. These vascular lasers emit visible and infrared light and are FDA cleared, specifically, for this purpose.