Laser Treatment of Facial Veins and Vascular Birthmarks

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Laser treatment of facial veins can help reduce those unsightly red veins, and pigment problems such as freckles, brown age spots and moles. Laser treatments provide excellent results with little to no discomfort.

Conditions Treated With Lasers


Vascular Lesions — A vascular lesion is formed by abnormally large or numerous blood vessels located directly under the skin that may be visible through the skin. Spider veins are the most common vascular lesion. Vascular lesions can include:

• Telangiectasia – facial spider veins caused by a dilation of capillary vessels or arterioles
• Cherry Angiomas – slightly raised, red lesions
• Spider Angiomas – slightly raised, red spider-like lesions
• Rosacea – red facial lesions around the nose and cheeks causing a sunburn look


Pigmented Lesions — A pigmented lesions occur when an abundance of melanocytes are found creating creates freckles, brown age spots, and moles. Pigmented lesions can include:

• Lentigines – a flat, brown spot on the skin present on skin with frequent sun exposure
• Keratoses – slightly elevated pigmented spots often found on the back and hands
• Freckles – a brownish spot on the skin common on people with fair skin
• Dermatosis Papulosis Nigra – small, black marks seen primarily on people of Asian or African descent

How Does the Laser Work?

The laser will generate an intense beam of light, bringing energy to the treatment area.
This beam of energy is absorbed by the oxy hemoglobin, the bright red blood cells that carry oxygen and the melanin or pigment found in the skin. The energy causes destruction of the unwanted cells, while leaving surrounding healthy cells intact.

Procedure and Aftercare

During the procedure, you will wear goggles to protect your eyes from the laser. The procedure will be done with the patient in a reclined position.

A thin hand piece, about the size of a pencil will direct the laser to the treatment area.

You may experience a slight stinging sensations. You may also see some redness that will usually go away within two to four hours. Some swelling may be experienced, with this lasting only a couple of days.

After the treatment, you may be given topical anti-bacterial ointment. You should also stay out of the sun during the healing process.