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
Frequently asked questions
How many treatments are required for laser vein removal?
Usually only one to two treatments are sufficient but this depends on the number, colour and size of the vessels being treated. Treatments can be purchased one at a time or as a series of three with cost savings advantages. This is our best value for patients that want to rid themselves of troublesome leg and facial veins that are sporadic and not definitive to one particular area or body part. Over a period of years new veins may appear and new treatment plans may be needed.
How long does it take to do a laser vein removal treatment?
Treatments are extremely fast but how long it takes will depend on how many spider veins there are to be treated. Treatments are priced based on the amount of estimated time it will take to perform each treatment. They are sold in 15 minute, 30 minute and 60 minute increments and we will treat as many veins as we can within the allocated treatment time.
How does laser vein removal work?
During a laser vein removal treatment a concentrated beam of light energy from the laser is directed precisely at the small blood vessels. The light penetrates below the surface of the skin and the heat causes the blood within the tiny vessels to coagulate. The walls of the vein collapse, blood flow is stopped and over the next two to eight weeks the vein is absorbed into the body and disappears. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface where it should be.
Is Fotona Laser safe?
Fotona laser treatment is a non-surgical and non-invasive procedure that uses multi-laser technology. ... Having been clinically proven to be safe for all skin types, Fotona laser treatments are safe, have a minimum to no downtime and produces satisfactory results.
Can I tan after laser vein removal treatments?
Avoid sun exposure and wear SPF 30 sun block for a minimum of one month after treatment on all treated areas. Premature sun exposure increases the risk of post-inflammatory hyper pigmentation which is usually transient in nature but could be permanent.
Do laser vein treatments hurt?
A pulse of laser light feels like a small pinch or sting similar to the snap of a rubber band against the skin. No local anesthesia is required and the procedure is well tolerated by most people. For people with very sensitive skin, a medical-grade topical anesthetic can be provided. Any redness or swelling should be gone within a day and you’ll be able to resume normal activities immediately.
Who cannot have laser vein removal done?
· Not all veins are suitable for laser vein removal. Varicose veins or veins larger than 3 mm cannot be treated.
How long will results last from vein removal?
After your initial course of treatments, the vessels that have been treated will be gone forever. However because those being treated are prone to developing these broken vessels, new ones may appear down the road. This is why touch-up treatments may be needed, when these will be needed is different for everyone. Touch-ups may be done once every few months or whenever the client notices new vessels appearing.
Don’t I need these veins/capillaries for blood flow?
No. Your body has miles and miles of blood vessels. When the damaged vessels are closed off and reabsorbed, your body will simply reroute blood flow through other healthy vessels.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins or broken capillaries are small, dilated vessels that appear close to the surface of the skin. They are nicknamed, ‘spider veins’ because the veins may look like tiny spider legs or tree branches, and they are usually reddish or blue in appearance. Although spider veins may develop anywhere on the body, they are most common on the legs and face.
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