Vascular Lesions & Veins

Effective laser treatment for all skin types.

Skin conditions and vascular lesions like rosacea are quite common, often negatively impacting on self esteem.

Safe & comfortable with great results.

Rosacea and other vascular lesions like port wine stains and hemangiomas or ‘strawberry marks’ are caused by malformed capillaries – the tiny blood vessels in the body.

Lasers can effectively and comfortably treat conditions like rosacea as the laser energy is targeted, only being absorbed by blood in the shallow layers of the skin. As the energy is absorbed it breaks down the vein walls, leaving only the healthy veins to supply normal blood flow function to the area.

The body’s immune system recognises the broken down veins, similar to a bruise and quickly clears away the tissue, leaving the skin looking clear with more even toning. The surface layer of the skin is unharmed by the laser energy so the treatment is painless.

Treatment

Laser treatments have become the new standard for removing many common types of vascular lesions such as hemangiomas, vascular malformations such as port-wine stains, spider veins, venous lakes and angiomas.

With modern laser technology, these treatments are comfortable and safe – being able to target the right tissues with specific laser wavelengths ensures that the surface layer of the skin is unharmed. Following the laser treatment the skin may be slightly red for 1-2 days, before rejuvenating with clearer, more even toning.

Clear up ageing veins

As people age, it is common for venous problems to develop. Approximately two thirds of the population over 60 are thought to suffer from conditions like varicose veins and spider veins. Laser treatments can be used to clear up and reduce ageing veins.

What are varicose and spider veins?

Varicose veins develop when veins do not properly direct blood flow back to the heart. All veins contain valves to stop blood in the veins flowing backwards against gravity or away from the heart. When these valves are not working correctly the blood leaks down, overfilling superficial veins under the skin in the legs. This creates the bulging effect we know as varicose veins.

Spider veins are similar to varicose veins, although they are usually closer to the skin and are finer in appearance. Spider veins get their name from the fact that they look similar to a spider’s web.

Varicose and spider veins have a range of causes, including genetics, excess sun exposure, obesity and pregnancy.

Treatment

Laser technology is now used to remove varicose and spider veins, using a special type of laser energy to break down the malformed blood vessels. This reduces the aesthetic issues caused by ageing veins and stimulates to the body to repair, focusing on healthy blood vessels.

The laser energy is delivered by placing a laser fibre inside a catheter, which is inserted into the blood vessel through a tiny incision. When the laser energy is fired it causes the vein wall to shrink and seal shut. Once the laser fibre has treated the malformed area, it can exit through another small incision.

As the malformed veins have effectively been sealed shut, blood flow takes another path through healthier blood vessels. With reduced blood flow through the unattractive ageing veins, they begin to shrink away – improving the cosmetic outcome.

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