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Vascular Specific Laser Treatment

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Recovery Period:
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Overview of

Vascular Specific Laser Treatment

in Thailand

Laser vascular treatment is safely used to target the pigments chromophores with the help of the selection of appropriate wavelength, pulse duration, and energy setting.

Vascular lesions are described as abnormal overgrowth of capillaries, arteries, veins, lymphatics, or combinations of these. It can be benign or malignant. Vascular tumors are characterized by their continuous growth while benign vascular lesions are constant in size. Benign vascular lesions can be congenital such as birthmarks or acquired throughout age as spider veins and varicose veins. Benign vascular lesions can be treated safely and effectively using lasers.

Vascular lasers target the chromophores of blood vessels and pigments to heat them which leads to their destruction. The laser types and parameters must be carefully selected to achieve the best results while being harmless to the surrounding tissue.

A long-wavelength appears to be safer, as it is absorbed by the hemoglobin of the vascular lesion while being safe on the melanin of the skin (which requires a shorter wavelength). Long-wavelength is more efficient for deep vascular lesions while shorter wavelength is more suitable for superficial ones.

Pulse duration depends on the thermal relaxation time of the chromophore which is the required time for the targeted tissue to lose half of the raised temperature after laser treatment. To limit the damage, the pulse duration must be less or equal to the thermal relaxation time. The large vessels will require a longer pulse duration than the small ones.

Treatment of vascular lesions includes lasers such as Nd: YAG, diode lasers, light energy as IPL, or a combination of both.

Goals of

Vascular Specific Laser Treatment

The main goal of vascular laser treatment is to destroy the hemoglobin in the targeted lesions through the heat while being safe for the surrounding tissues. It can be used in the following conditions:

  • To reduce facial redness and flushing which occurs due to the breakage of thousands of capillaries in the face.
  • Eliminates broken capillaries as in telangiectasia.
  • Vascular lesions such as hemangioma, spider nevi, cherry hemangioma, and Port wine stain birthmarks.
  • Active acne, acne scars, and early scar remodeling.
  • Red stretch marks and warts.

Price of

Vascular Specific Laser Treatment

in Thailand

Average Cost

$270

Price Range

$90 to $450

Pros and cons of

Vascular Specific Laser Treatment

Pros

  • safe and effective when performed by an experienced practitioner.
  • there are no reported long-term side effects.

Cons

  • some patients reported mild discomfort, described as snapping a rubber band against the skin.
  • redness may persist for 6 months.
  • temporary swelling.
  • proper laser parameters should be selected to avoid skin burn.

How it works:

Vascular Specific Laser Treatment

Vascular lasers specifically target the hemoglobin chromophores in the blood vessels to produce heat to destroy the targeted vascular lesion. The process is easy and safe and classified as an outpatient procedure. Hospitalization is required only if the treatment involves a laser combined with other surgical procedures. The treatment steps are as follows:

  • You will be asked to lie comfortably.
  • You and your doctor will wear protective eyewear before starting the treatment session.
  •  According to skin type, the type, and the size of the lesion, the laser parameters will be selected to avoid skin burn. For example, large lesions such as port-wine stains will need more pulses than small lesions.
  • The session is usually painless and reported as feeling an elastic band snapping against the skin, so topical anesthesia is advised according to your preferences. But to avoid any discomfort, the face is always kept cool using a chilled plate.
  • The session takes from a few minutes up to one hour, and multiple sessions may be required according to the lesion’s nature and size.

Preparation before

Vascular Specific Laser Treatment

Pre - treatment

  • Your doctor will examine the lesion characteristics, and skin type to choose the most appropriate type of laser and laser parameters.
  • Discuss with your doctor any active medications you are on. Some medications must be stopped to avoid bruising such as anticoagulants (aspirin), vitamin E, and fish oil., or to avoid scarring such as isotretinoin.
  • Discuss your treatment expectations with your doctor.
  • Avoid tanning (sun tanning and self-tanning products) 4 weeks before your session.
  • Stop using skin care products containing vitamin A and AHA for 2 days before your session.
  • Avoid waxing 1-2 weeks before your session to avoid skin irritation.
  • The process can produce mild pain that is overcome by cooling the surface through an ice pack before the session.

Recovery after

Vascular Specific Laser Treatment

Post - treatment

  • No complicated post-operative regime is indicated. You will be advised to use ice packs after the session ends to reduce swelling and discomfort.
  • Post-operative redness can occur after the session and may persist for 3 months
  • You may return to your work after 2 weeks.
  • Avoid direct sun exposure and always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA and UVB).
  • Avoid sauna or hot tubs 1-2 days after treatment.
  • Avoid tanning for 6-12 months.
  • Avoid vigorous physical activities 4-6 weeks after treatment site cause dilatation of the blood vessels.
  • Avoid using products containing vitamin A, peroxide, and salicylic acid one week after treatment to avoid irritation.
  • If crusting or blistering is seen, antibiotic ointment may be prescribed for several days.
  • Raise your head with a couple of pillows during sleep if the vascular treatment is performed on the face.

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Risks & side effects of

Vascular Specific Laser Treatment

  • Some transient common side effects that may occur such as redness, bruising, swelling, crusting, mild pain, and sensitivity to light and makeup. Redness may continue for up to 6 months. Rare side effects include blistering, skin lightening or darkening, and skin scarring. These side effects may change according to the type of laser used and can be avoided through cooling during the procedure.
  • There is no evidence that vascular laser treatment has any long-term effect on developing skin cancer.
  • It is contraindicated to use vascular laser treatment in case of pregnancy, breastfeeding, active infection at the treatment site, and history of keloid scarring.
  • If you recently had a tan, it is better to avoid the treatment for 6-12 months to prevent the risk of pigmentation problems.
  • Some medications contraindicate this treatment until you stop them as blood thinners such as aspirin to avoid bleeding, and isotretinoin as it increases the risk for scarring.
  • Follow the pre-treatment and post-treatment instructions recommended by your doctor to avoid any possible side effects.

FAQs:

Vascular Specific Laser Treatment

Who are the best candidates for Vascular Specific Laser Treatment?

Persons suffering from a benign overgrowth of the blood vessels including capillaries, veins, arteries, and lymphatics.

What are the potential side effects of vascular lasers?

It may include temporary redness, discomfort, swelling, bruising, and sensitivity to light. They usually disappear within a week except for the redness which may persist for 6 months.

Are there any reasons not to treat with vascular Lasers?

It is contraindicated to go on with vascular laser treatment if you are: pregnant, lactation, have a history of keloid scarring, and on some medications such as anticoagulants, and isotretinoin.

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