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Broken Blood Vessels
Vascular lesions, or blood vessels, are lesions most commonly found on the facial area, especially on or around the nose. We use have been very successful in the treatment of these lesions with a laser, called the HGM cosmetic laser.
Before Treatment After Treatment
How does the laser work?
Lasers work well on broken blood vessels because the visible components of blood absorb the energy of the laser. When this occurs, the vessels which make up the lesion blanche and disappear.
Does it hurt?
The common description of the feeling of the laser is one of a burning sensation and may be uncomfortable for some patients. In those cases, we can give a topical anesthetic to numb the area prior to treatment for a pain-free experience. The procedure is very quick however, and most patients find no need for anesthetic.
What is the recovery like?
Basically, there is no down-time. You will be red in the area immediately after the procedure, which disappears in the first day on most patients. Some may experience slight scabbing or crusting in the area treated. In some cases the result is immediate while others take place over time. More than one treatment may be required.
What are the Costs?
Cost varies depending on the areas treated. Please call our office for a free consultation to discuss your specific needs. The doctor will go over all of the risks and benefits of Laser Resurfacing. Before and after photos of very satisfied patients are available, to show you the beautiful skin that is possible, no matter what your age or skin condition may be.
Before and After Care:
Doctors usually recommend an aggressive skin care regimen for at least six weeks before laser resurfacing, using a combination of Retin-A at night and glycolic acid in the morning. Patients also receive anti-viral and antibiotic therapy. An emollient such as Aquaphor or Eucerin is used to keep the areas very moist. Patients must rinse their face several times a day with diluted vinegar and water so that the wound does not scab. They must also use an occlusive dressing for semipermeable wound healing. A skin care regimen can be resumed within 4-6 weeks. It usually takes at least a week before a patient can wear make-up. Besides the initial pain, oozing and swelling, the resultant redness can last for weeks to months.
Areas Commonly Treated:
Laser resurfacing does not address every type of wrinkle. It does not improve deep lines or extensive sagging. Lines around the cheeks and mouth are not usually improved, instead requiring a filler substance such as collagen. Deep forehead lines, deep lines around the eyes or frown lines are best treated with Botox or a brow lift. Laser resurfacing best treats fine lines and pigmentation changes of the skin. Laser is especially useful for removing fine lines such as wrinkles around the eyes, and is successful at reducing skin that is starting to sag. The best results are for what are called smoker's lines and small crows' feet. Other areas can be best addressed with facelifts and surgical procedures. The response to laser treatments for superficial lines and mild sagging can last for years. Some lines can recur, particularly those that move, such as around the mouth. These lines can be touched up after a year or so. and swelling, the resultant redness can last for weeks to months.
Realistic Expectations:
While laser surgery continues to improve and deliver wonderful results, it does require considerable patient involvement and recovery time. People have the preconceived notion that they can go in and have a laser treatment done and be able to resume normal activities in a short time. Recovery time is highly dependent upon the extent of the procedure performed. People with surface damage may recover faster. People with deeper damage have longer recovery periods. It also depends upon the type of laser system that was used. Recovery typically takes 1-2 weeks with a carbon dioxide laser, and the resulting redness may persist longer that that with the new erbium laser. Usually, the entire face is treated to promote a uniformity; however, it can treat selective areas such as around the eyes and mouth. Many times a skin peel is also employed to give the entire skin a smoother, more vibrant appearance.