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Blood vessels, spider veins, broken capillaries

Laser Treatment Options

Medical lasers have revolutionised the treatment of cosmetically undesirable blood vessels. These include broken capillaries, spider veins and vascular blemishes. Modern laser treatments are safe, effective, and have minimal downtime, making them a popular choice among patients seeking to improve the appearance of their skin.

Several types of laser can be used to treat ‘vascular’ (blood vessel) lesions. One of the most common is the pulsed dye laser (PDL). PDL emits a concentrated beam of light that is absorbed by the haemoglobin in the blood vessels. This causes the blood vessels to coagulate and eventually be absorbed by the body, leading to a reduction in the appearance of the lesion.

Another effective laser modality is the Nd:YAG laser, which is particularly effective at treating deeper and larger blood vessels. This laser emits a longer wavelength of light that penetrates deeper into the skin, allowing it to reach the larger blood vessels that may be causing the visible lesion.

In addition, newer laser technologies such as intense pulsed light (IPL) and the V-beam laser are effective at treating a variety of vascular lesions. IPL emits multiple wavelengths of light that can be customized to target specific types of lesions, while the V-beam laser uses a unique pulse-dye technology that allows for precise targeting of the blood vessels.

While medical lasers are very safe in the right hands, it is important to consult with a qualified medical professional before undergoing any treatment. The cosmetic doctors at Karrinyup Dermatology can recommend the best course of treatment for your specific needs, to achieve optimal results.