Vascular Laser Treatments
Laser treatments are now a routine procedure for the removal of many types of vascular lesions including haemangiomas, vascular malformations such as port-wine stains, rosacea, telangiectasias, spider veins on the legs, venous lakes and angiomas.
The perfect vascular solution is long-pulse Nd:YAG as Nd:YAG laser beams are highly attracted to the haemoglobin present in the blood vessels.  Fotona's SP Dynamis long-pulse Nd:YAG laser penetrates to a depth of 5-6 mm into the skin, allowing for highly effective treatments. Independent research shows that patients treated with Nd:YAG lasers see a quick and dramatic regression in vascular lesions.
How does it work?
The targeted chromophore for vascular lesions is intravascular oxyhaemoglobin; thus, thermal damage is largely restricted to cutaneous blood vessels. The energy from the laser is absorbed by the blood in the vein and converted into heat, destroying the vein walls. In comparison with other wavelengths, which mainly affect the surface layers of a lesion, Nd:YAG light also targets the underlying vascular feeding system, which is important for ensuring the long-term efficacy of the treatment. This process is perfectly safe as the blood supply to the treated area is maintained by other vessels and the dead tissue is removed by the body in the same way as a bruise.
What should I expect?
Generally, Nd:YAG is a very safe and effective treatment with no real long term side effects. Some patients may experience blistering and scabbing on the treatment area post treatment, as a result of the high energy levels used, although not ideal, this indicates a good removal of the lesion. Another common possible side effect is post inflammatory hypopigmentation, where the skin may develop a slight whitening in the treatment area post treatment, this usually only lasts for about a month.
How many treatments do I need?
Treatment of vascular lesions is usually very effective. The number of treatments required will depend on the type and location of the vascular lesion. Larger spider veins on the legs will usually require 2-3 sessions. Telangiestasia on the face may require 1-3 treatments. Angiomas and haemangiomas usually only require one treatment. The location of the lesion will determine what strength of treatment we are able to use- for example, lesions on the legs may be treated more aggressively than those on the face where several lighter treatments may be more appropriate.
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