What is Dermal Laser Treatment

Dermal laser treatment with or without combination of sclerotherapy is used for reticular, telangiectasia or non-bulging spider veins. Reticular veins are bluish lines or clusters on the surface of the skin. They are smaller than varicose veins, usually located on the back of the leg around the knee area. They may branch into or feed spider veins (telangiectasias) which are small asymptomatic veins that look like red or blue spider webs on the skin surface.
Dermal laser uses pulses of light on the trapped blood inside the vein. The light is absorbed and causes the veins to collapse. The veins will change shades from blue and purple to a light red and disappear in two to eight weeks.

Why Dermal Laser

• Dermal laser therapy is non-invasive.
• Performed in the office.
• No needles. No incisions.
• Single treatments take 10-15 minutes.
• No sedation required.
• Return to normal activities within 24 hours.
• Requires three or more short treatments.
• No bandages.
• Optional treatment for patients allergic to sclerotherapy agents.
• Excellent treatment for veins too small for sclerotherapy.
• May be used in conjunction with sclerotherapy.

Pre Treatment Instructions

• Avoid tanning, tanning beds two weeks prior to and after your treatment.
• Wear or bring shorts to your appointment.
• You may bring music (headset).
• Only the patient and staff are allowed in the procedure room.
• You will be given special laser glasses to protect your eyes during the treatment.
• When the laser is activated you may feel a stinging sensation similar to a rubber band snap.

Post Treatment Instructions

• You may experience any of the following:
• Temporary bruising.
• Itching, or swelling.
• Changes in skin color (either darkening or lightening) in the treated area.
• Avoid sun/tanning bed exposure. The sun may cause permanent discoloration of the skin.
• Wear sunscreen when exposed to ultraviolet light/whenever you are in the sun. Apply often.
• Wear compression stockings if directed.
• It may take two to eight weeks and multiple treatments to see a change in the appearance in your veins.
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