Facial vein laser treatment is a safe and effective solution for unsightly cosmetic veins of the face. St. Johns Vein Center utilizes the latest Cutera laser Excel V solution for this procedure.
Facial veins are small red to blue dilated blood vessels or broken capillaries, often found on areas of the nose, forehead, chin and the cheeks. Facial blood vessels can be caused by over-exposure to the sun, the natural aging, heredity or trauma. Many individuals may find facial veins undesirable and unattractive, and seek laser therapy as a cosmetic solution. As with all cosmetic procedures, there are pros and cons of laser treatments for facial veins.
Pros of Laser Treatment
Studies show success rates of as much as 80 percent with laser treatments for facial veins. Successful therapies for facial problems can boost self-confidence and self-esteem.
Laser treatments are generally between 15 to 20 minutes in length. They are normally painless but some stinging may occur. Pain medication is not required. Sessions can be performed during your lunch hour and patients may return to work and daily activity after the procedure.
Results for facial veins can normally be seen immediately after treatment. 1 to 3 sessions spaced 1 week apart is recommended for optimal results.
Cons of Laser Treatment
Although facial vein laser treatment usually is painless, if a diode laser is utilized, some pain and discomfort may be expereinced. Acetaminophen can be used for pain rather than aspirin as it does not thin the blood. Anesthetic ointments are rarely used to minimize discomfort for laser vein treatment, as these cause blood vessels to constrict which would not complement the procedure.
Some facial vein laser treatments need to be done at three-month intervals, which can be lengthy. This is because some of the vessels do not die entirely after the first treatment and more sessions are required to get rid of them. Some vesselsmay never disappear completely and could return later on.
Some undesirable side effects of facial vein laser treatment can occur, such as skin dryness, temporary swelling, bruising and redness at the treatment site. This can make the skin extremely sensitive for a few weeks. Bruising can sometimes cause permanent discoloration of the skin. Burns and blisters may occur from the powerful laser light. Scarring and discoloration can be permanent.
Tanning before laser treatments is not recommended, as this could place the skin more at risk for burning and skin pigmentation.
Facts About Cutera Laser Treatment At St. Johns Vein Center
After an initial consultation, your medical provider will determine if treatment with Excel V fits your needs.
While the Excel V treatment doesn’t hurt, most patients do experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece.
Most patients report few if any side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and swelling of the skin. Complete information on the benefits and risks of treatment will be reviewed in your initial consultation.
Most patients find that the majority of the treated areas show significant improvement within 2-6 weeks of treatment.
Excel V costs vary depending on the size of the area and the condition being treated. Complete information on the costs will be reviewed in your initial consultation.
You too can have beautiful, healthy skin with Excel V treatment.