The Cutera Laser combines the ideal laser wavelength with the most flexible parameters to deliver a superior vascular laser system. It treats a broad range of vessels from tiny spider veins of the legs and face to deep blue reticular veins quickly, safely, effectively and with no downtime. Cherry angiomas, port wine stains, blood blisters, and other vascular lesions can often be treated quickly and effectively. Knot-like varicose veins may need treatment by a vein specialist. Patients with dark, light or tanned skin can experience outstanding results. Our laser technicians can assess whether you are a good candidate for laser vein therapy in one short consultation.
What to Expect
Most patients describe the feeling as a rubber band snap or stinging during the laser pulse which quickly subsides from the cooling tip of the laser. The technician can adjust the laser to suit the specific vein type, thus keeping discomfort to a minimum while still maintaining the effectiveness of the treatment. There may be slight reddening or puffiness around the treatment area. This generally disappears within a few hours, but there may be some soreness in the area that lasts one or two days. Bruising and, in rare instances, blistering has occurred. The number of treatments required and time for results varies depending on the size, color, and location of the vessels being treated. Small spider veins often disappear during the treatment, while larger, deeper veins tend to take more treatments. On average, most patients require two or more treatments, and results are usually visible within two to six weeks.
Frequently asked questions
Q: How does Laser Vein Therapy work?
A: The Laser delivers pulses of light energy which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be.
Q: Who can be treated?
A: The Cutera Laser features a unique design and long wavelength that allows treatment of patients of all skin tones. Our staff will advise you if Laser Vein Therapy is right for you.
Q: What types of veins can be treated?
A: This procedure can remove unsightly veins from all parts of the body. Small, facial veins (or “telangiectasia”) can be treated quickly without bruising or complication. Spider veins and large blue leg veins can also be treated with excellent results. Knotty varicose veins are not good candidates. A careful evaluation will help you determine which vessels can be treated and the best course of treatment.
Q: How does this compare to Sclerotherapy?
A: Your doctor will advise you on the best course of action, but many physicians and patients prefer Laser Vein Therapy because there are no painful injections.
Q: What about blood blisters and port wine stains?
A: Blood blisters or “hemangiomas” respond very well to this treatment, usually with one to three sessions. Patients with port wine stains and other vascular lesions who had given up on finding a solution have been overwhelmed by the success of their vascular treatments. Consult our providers for a thorough evaluation.
Q: How many treatments will I need?
A: Often, patients find that two to three treatments are sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color, and size of the vessels being treated. Since individual results vary, ask your medical professional about your specific condition.
Q: Do the treatments hurt?
A: Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Although no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, patients may opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Following the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
Q: What happens after the treatment?
A: Following your treatment, some redness or bruising may occur. When larger veins are treated, a tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks or months following treatment. Patients who have leg vein treatments may be advised to wear support hose for a short period of time.
Q: What are the possible side effects?
A: Although many patients report few if any side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin. These effects typically last for less than 24 hours. Some patients may experience bruising and, in rare instances, blistering may occur.
Q: Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
A: Patients generally resume most normal activities immediately. However, it is recommended that you avoid vigorous activities such as strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after treatment. The use of sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun. As always, it is a good idea to limit your sun exposure.
Q: When will I see results?
A: Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have shown significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months. Over time, it is possible for new veins to appear, but these too can be removed.