Vascular lasers are used to treat:
- Varicose veins telangiectasia (small blue or violet coloured veins)
- Non-varicose veins
As well as:
- Ruby angioma
Vessels can sometimes be removed in a single session, but generally requires three treatment sessions.
The treatment is not entirely painless but does not require convalescence.
It is also a means of avoiding the need for painful injections.
The light impulse coagulates the blood in the vein and thus destroys the varicosity without leaving any skin lesions or involving any complications.
A slight localised reddening or swelling of the skin may appear and last for a few days.
Lasers have been used for dermatological treatment for over thirty years; vascular lasers were amongst the first to be used in this way.
WHAT IS A VASCULAR LASER
A source of energy that emits light of a specific wavelength that is absorbed by
the haemoglobin in the red blood cells. The light is transformed into heat which causes the calls of the vessel to harden over the following weeks.
The Yag 1064 nm laser if the most effective for this type of treatment.
THE MAIN INDICATIONS
Primarily rosacea, a very common condition which is the result of the dilation of the blood vessels in the skin of the centre of the face. Especially the red blood vessels of the nose.
Ruby angioma, which may appear anywhere on the body.
Red (of a diameter of less than 0.5mm) and blue (between 0.5 and 2mm) telangiectasia on the legs, for which hardening injection treatment is often impossible. In all cases this is a viable alternative to treatment involving needles.
TREATMENT OF VARICOSITIES
Vascular laser treatment Switzerland, Geneva. The number of sessions depends on the number of varicosities to be treated as well as their colour and size, generally two to three sessions for a moderate rosacea, at an interval of at least six weeks.
You will be able to return to you normal activities immediately after the session.
Where the treatment involves the legs it is recommended that you avoid any tiring activity for 24 hours.
In all cases it is best to avoid exposure to the sun.
Significant improvement of the treated varicosities can be expected within 2 to 6 weeks. Sometimes it may take a number of months to achieve the final desired results. After some time new varicosities may become visible, which can be treated in the same way.
In most cases there are no side effects, apart from a slight localised reddening and swelling of the skin which will last for a few days, blister may sometimes appear.
The larger blood vessels may blacken and be painful for some time.
If scabs appear the doctor may prescribe moisturising healing cream.
Post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation may occur on darker skin types which will disappear with time.