Vascular IPL /Lasers use light to target and reduce undesirable capillaries and blood vessels of the skin. The laser wavelength is selected to target the abnormal blood vessels only, sparing the surrounding normal skin structures. Laser shrinks and removes broken capillaries. Facial redness and Rosacea is the result of thousands of fine broken capillaries that when treated will lead to reduction in the appearance of facial redness, and leads to less facial flushing and burning.
Laser Vascular Therapy is the method of delivering pulses of light energy to unwanted superficial vascular structures through the skin such as:
- Leg Veins: spider veins and varicose veins except those are knotty in appearance
- Telangiectasias: small red facial veins.
- Venous Lakes: Venous malformation that appears as blue/black soft bump, commonly seen on lower lip or fold of the ear.
- Hemangiomas: blood blisters.
- Port-Wine Stain: vascular birthmark consisting of superficial and deep dilated capillaries in the skin which produce a reddish to purplish discoloration of the skin.
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Vascular and Rosacea Treatment
What does the technique contain?
Mostly, 3-10 sessions are sufficient depended on the size of vein and skin type. However, in some persons, more sessions may be needed for best outcomes, typically with a week interval. Some vascular birthmarks may need several (5 to 10) sessions for obvious vanishing. No anaesthetic is necessary because of cooling plate; if it is required, anaesthetic cream (EMLA) can be applied 40 minutes before the practice, but may affect the results and Cause lesser outcomes.
Protective eyewear should be wear during the treatment. When the IPL or LHE machine works, there is a bright flash followed by a brief stinging pain similar to a rubber band flick or pinching sensation. This is followed by a mild burning feeling that persists for a few hours. This type of laser treatment is not related with any long-term problems such as skin cancers.
To provide the technique more comfortable though, the skin is cooled with an ice pack to prevent the transferring heat energy into surrounding skin and to prevent unwanted side effects. Different light systems may be used to treat different vascular and pigmented problems including: spider or thread veins, port wine stains, rosacea, spider naevus, age or liver spots, solar keratosis, freckles, pigmented birthmarks, warts, verrucae, some scars and stretch marks.
* The results may vary from person to person.