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Laser removal of enlarged capillaries

Enlarged capillaries are permanently enlarge tiny blood vessels in superficial layers of the skin. Given the fact that they are extremely gentle, countless harmful factors can cause them to expand or burst. Laser capillary removal is the most modern method for solving this issue.

Traditional methods for enlarged capillaries removal are radio wave electrocoagulation or medical sclerosis. What these method lacks is minimal damage to the skins’ integrity, possible changes and a possibility of an allergic reaction to the sclerosing substance. State of the art method of laser capillary removal are laser with wave length 1064nm, so called Nd:Yag lasers.

State of the art technology, excellent results

Laser emits a light beam of a specific wave length and its energy is absorbed by hemoglobin in the blood. Energy transforms into heat which leads to coagulation and specific welding of the walls of unwanted blood vessels. This way, these blood vessels do not produce blood anymore, and it is redirected to veins that are located deep below the skin surface.

Laser can treat visible, individual capillaries or capillary nets, spider like veins, inborn hemangiomas. The radius of the blood vessel that can be treated can be up to 3mm in width.

CANDIDATES

Enlarged capillaries are often found on the face and legs. Women encounter this issue more often than men. People with lighter complexion are more prone to forming enlarged capillaries.

CAUSES of enlarged capillaries can be:

  • Conditions such as Rosacea
  • Traumas or skin injuries
  • Sudden and extreme changes in temperature
  • Sun exposure
  • Genetics
  • Stress
  • Age
  • Hormonal changes

Enlarged capillaries in legs often occur due to increased pressure in the veins. In most cases there is a hereditary predisposition. They can occur:

  • During pregnancy
  • Due to obesity
  • Due to excessive sitting or standing

Capillary removal is not recommended in following cases:

  • Pregnancy
  • Built in pacemaker
  • Skin infection

We will determine if you are a suitable candidate for laser capillary removal by conducting a free of charge exam and consult.

PREPARATION

If you are a candidate for laser capillary removal, you should prepare before the treatment. Things you should do are as follows:

  • Do not sunbathe or visit tanning salons two weeks before the treatment
  • Thoroughly clean and dry the skin (remove make up, cream, oils)
  • Do not undergo self-tanning treatments, If you have, wait until your natural tan comes back.

PROCEDURE

Laser impulse is most commonly described as a feeling of a warm – tingling, stinging or mild stab. Duration of the treatment depends on the size of the alteration that is being treated – spider hemangioma and individual capilaries are treated in a matter of seconds, while treating leg capillaries takes more time.

The number of treatment depends on type, color, configuration and the number of blood vessels. Individual capillaries are removed with 1 – 2 treatments. Thick nets of enlarged capillaries are treated with a higher number of capillaries that are conducted with a 4 week break between treatments.

RECOVERY AND CARE

Immediately after the treatment, mild redness and a discrete swelling can be seen on the treated area. The blood vessel becomes darker after the treatment, it becomes brown.  In the following 2-3 weeks the color disappears as the dispersed hemoglobin products are being resorbed (like when bruising fades away). Skin must not be exposed to sun for a minimum of 72 hours, and using a cream with a protective factor is needed for the face. These precautions are taken to avoid hyperpigmentation.

Blood vessels that have been treated do not appear again, but if there is a predisposition, it is possible to a new blood vessel around the before treated area will appear. This can be treated as well.

Prevention includes avoiding the sun and using protective creams with SPF 30+.

Prevention from forming enlarged capillaries on the legs includes increasing physical activity and reducing body weight.