TelangiectasesTelangiectases are enlarged blood vessels that occur in all parts of the body, but most commonly on the face. Telangiectases appear as red and/or blue vessels that look like small lines. They are often associated with a reddish color to the face. Telangiectases are caused by numerous factors including hormonal therapy, sun damage, rosacea, some underlying medical conditions as well genetic tendency.
What is the treatment for telangiectases?
Laser treatments can be utilized to improve telangiectases and the associated redness of the skin. IPL devices can also be used, however, in our experience laser treatments are preferable. We use different laser systems including the V-Beam and V-Star lasers, which are yellow light pulsed dye lasers. We also use the Gemini KTP laser at both the 532 nm and 1064 nm wavelengths. These lasers are sometimes used together with one another to provide the best possible benefit for treatment.
How many treatments are required?
Some telangiectases disappear very quickly and require only one or two treatment sessions. Other patients require multiple treatments to obtain the maximum benefit and sustained results.
Are the procedures painful?
Typically most patients feel minor discomfort during the procedure. Our lasers generally use cooling devices to help minimize the pain. In some cases we use topical cream anesthesia to minimize discomfort.
What will my skin look like after treatment?
The skin will appear somewhat redder after each treatment. In some instances, there can be some minor scabbing of the skin for a few days. Typically, make-up can be worn after each treatment session.
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