Older laser treatments of veins were less effective because the laser’s wavelength was too short, causing the laser’s light energy to only be absorbed by the skin’s pigment. We utilizes the 1064nd:yag laser to offer effective treatment for vascular lesions including spider veins, small varicose veins, facial vessels, cherry angiomas, and more.
Our 1064nd:yag’s laser beam can penetrate the skin, bypassing that pigment, and be absorbed by the red pigment in the blood. Besides having a longer wavelength, our laser has a faster pulse, so that each tiny pulse of light lasts only a few thousandths of one second. This means the laser energy is not wasted by being spread over the skin, but goes directly to the blood in the vein. The vein is thus heated, which clots the blood, and leads to closure of the vein to become gradual reabsorbed by the body. Vascular lesions, broken capillaries, spider veins, and larger veins can all be successfully treated.
Since the beam passes through a computer-controlled cooling plate, it does not harm the skin. We can successfully treat both blue and red vessels up to 3mm in diameter. About 2-3 treatments are usually needed, with 8-10 weeks between each treatment.
Because the laser has an adjustable beam, we can use it to treat different sizes of veins. Each vein treatment is entirely customized to the size, depth, and color of the veins. The laser is better designed for penetrating beneath the skin surface, but it is still a good idea to avoid any skin tanning before a vein treatment.
If you have large varicose veins in the legs, Dr. Shu offers the endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), sclerotherapy and mini-phlebectomy to remove the varicose veins.