Facial spider veins, medically termed Telangiectasia, can appear most commonly on the cheeks, chin, and nose. The facial vessels are integrated with the central nervous system and dilate with extreme heating and cooling, stress, and intense exercise. Over time and with age, these vessels become weak with continued pressure from the excessive dilation and begin to rupture causing the vascular lesions. Other factors that can cause weakening of the vascular lining are over exposure to the sun/excessive sun damage, alcohol, smoking, obesity, and hormonal changes most commonly in pre and peri-menopausal women.
Telangiectasia is effectively treated using the Fotona SP Dynamis laser system. The ND:YAG 1064 laser penetrates deeper into the skin where these vascular lesions begin, enabling the entire vessel to absorb the laser light and uniformly heat up and recede. More commercial lasers with shorter absorption depths such as IPL’s generally create a shield of coagulated blood on the upper edge of the vessel which leaves the vessel virtually unaffected and able to re-open.
Prior to Treatment
Every person wishing to be treated at Advanced Laser Clinic will require a consultation with our Laser Consultant prior to their first treatment.
At this appointment, we welcome all questions to advance your understanding of the treatment. There will be a consultation form to be completed about your health and medications to asses your eligibility for treatment.
A patch test will be performed on your skin to ensure the laser settings are suitable for you. If there are no reactions 24 hours after your patch test, we can commence your laser treatment.
Before laser therapy, it is very important that you keep your treated area away from sun exposure. Your skin needs to be protected from the sun for a minimum of two weeks before any treatment commences. This is crucial both before and after the treatment. The lasers work on providing a specific heat at a specific depth in your tissue to produce a desired end point. This end point can be exacerbated if exposed to sun and can cause unwanted side effects.
Before & After
Use of Long Pulse Nd:YAG 1064 nm Laser for Treatment of Rosacea Telangiectatica. Kozarev, J. Journal of the Laser and Health Academy, Vol. 2011. No. 1. Read Full Text.
Treatment of vascular lesions in the head and neck using Nd:YAG laser. Vesnaver A, Dovsak D. Journal of Cranio-Maxillofacial Surgery. 2006 Jan;34(1):17-24. Read Full Text.
Variable-pulse Nd:YAG laser in the treatment of facial telangiectasias. Bevin AA, Parlette EC, Domankevitz Y, Ross EV. Dermatol Surg. 2006 Jan;32(1):7-12. Read Full Text.
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