TELANGIECTASIAS TREATMENT: A LITTLE BEAM OF LIGHT
Little Red Veins
Whether you’re a man or woman, you
may have noticed fine, little red veins on the
nose, chin, or cheeks that didn’t used
to be there. These are telangiectasias
or facial spider veins, and they appear on
both men and women as a normal part of aging.
They can also result from pregnancy, childbirth,
birth control pills, estrogen-replacement therapy,
sun damage, the skin condition called rosacea,
and even cortiosteroids. Although not
usually a medical problem, telangiectasias
can be an aesthetic one that make-up usually
doesn’t cover adequately.
In the past, there was little you could do
about spider veins. But now laser technology
has revolutionized treatment so that many telangiectasias
can be virtually erased.
Understanding Facial Telangiectasias
telangiectasias are very fine, superficial
veins that have become permanently dilated
and visible. Standard treatment has included
electrodessication, which involves zapping
the vein shut with electric current, but now
it can leave pitted white scarring.
Now there’s VersaPulse® Aesthetic
Laser, a state-of-the-art system specially
designed to treat spider veins and other vascular
Understanding Laser Treatment
laser produces a bean of highly concentrated
light. Different types of lasers produce
different colors of light. The color
of light produced by a particular laser is
the key to the laser’s effect on telangiectasias.
Different colors of light are absorbed by specific
colors or pigments in the skin; for example,
hemoglobin, found in blood, absorbs yellow-green
light. The laser’s
light energy seals the vein shut, and the now-diminshed
telangiectasia is reabsorbed by the body.
The VersaPulse Advantage
VersaPulse Aesthetic Laser produces short,
adjustable pulses of green light to treat these
fine veins. The adjustable pulses minimize
the risk of purplish bruising (purpura). Purpura
is a side effect of many other lasers. Although
it may fade in 7-10 days, it is an unattractive
side effect. With little or no purpura,
as with the VersaPulse laser, you are able
to resume your normal schedule right away.
The special VersaSpot Chilled Tip cools the
skin during treatment, enhancing patient comfort.
The entire treatment involves no incisions.
What You Can Expect
treatments for facial telangiectasias depend
on the quantity, size, and depth of the veins. Most patients need between
one and three 30-minute sessions. Sessions
are usually spaced 6-12 weeks apart and are
performed in the doctor’s office without
the costs and risks of hospitalization or general
The laser treatment itself feels like numerous
little pinpricks. Most patients do not
require anesthesia during the procedure. Topical
or local anesthesia is provided for those who
The appearance of the treated area immediately
after a laser session will vary from patient
to patient depending on the extent of treatment.
Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They
may include redness, light crusting, or tenderness,
all of which disappear in a short time. Your
physician will be happy to tell you more about
your treatment and what you can expect.
us about the VersaPulse laser and how your
physician can use it to treat your facial telangiectasias.