Veins and Vascular Birthmarks

Veins and vascular birthmarks are due to over production of local blood vessels.  They may worsen with sun exposure, medications, spicy foods, alcohol and hormones.  They are also commonly seen with increasing age. Severe cases may lead to pain and bleeding.

How does the laser work?

The laser works by emitting a coherent beam of light at one particular wavelength. A specific wavelength is absorbed by the blood vessel (s) thereby allowing the laser to destroy it.

How long does the procedure take?

Treatments take 10 to 20 minutes, depending on the area.

Does the treatment hurt?

Patients describe the sensation similarly to the snapping of a rubber band on the skin.

Will I see results right away?

Multiple treatments are necessary to achieve optimal results. Tiny pink or red vessels usually disappear with 1 or 2 treatments; however larger veins or extensive facial redness may require 3 to 6 treatments (and sometimes more depending on the individual). Special vascular lesions such as hemangiomas, birthmarks, and port wine stains have more varied timelines, depending on their size and quality.

Laser – Face Capillary Redness – Before: 53 year old female with facial redness and tiny blood vessels that worsened with spicy foods, coffee, hot shower, red wine and sun exposure. Signs and symptoms consistent with rosacea or adult acne
– After: Full facial laser treatment eliminated the tiny vessels and reduced her facial redness