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Surface Laser for Spider Veins:

A wide variety of the vascular laser/light sources are available today. An external light beam creates heat inside treated vessels that causes them to be sealed and reabsorbed by the body.

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The word "laser" today is so frequently used in medical practice that causes lots of confusion about possible applications. It may be compared to cars – there are so many types of cars on the streets, but each of them is designated to serve the specific purpose. There are lasers and non-lasers (Intensive Pulse Lights- IPLs) commonly used in daily cosmetic practice around the world. Some light sources and lasers are designed for hair removal, some for the skin resurfacing and tattoo removal, the others – for vascular treatments. We use diode Dornier Medilas D Flexi Pulse System solemnly designed for veins treatment. It is not uncommon for patients to think about vascular laser as a painless substitute for unpleasant injections or other vein treatments. Unfortunately, while proven to be very efficient for use in spider veins and telangiectasias, it can not target the veins of bigger calibers. It is just the very good addition to all the other vein treatment options. Usually, surface laser is being used for final "clean up" of the spider webs and clusters in combination with the sclerotherapy of the bigger, reticular veins,. Laser treatments are not covered by MSP or third party insurance. The treatments are offered by time/minutes of laser firing. On average, patients undergo 20-25 minutes of treatment per visit. If desired, extra time can be booked in advance, since currently all laser treatments are performed by MD. Treatments of the "cherry spots" and face/nose veins are offered as 1 session. You may feel a light "rubber band" hit while laser fires each time. Ice may be applied locally if desired. Wearing pressure hosiery for 2 weeks after is encouraged, but not mandatory. No previous sun exposure 2 weeks prior and 1 week after is required to avoid permanent skin pigment damage. It is required to avoid sun exposure 2 weeks prior and 1 week after the treatment to prevent permanent skin pigment damage. Laser can not be used in dark skin individuals for the very same reason.