It’s easy to see spider veins and red spots, particularly on someone’s face. Dozens of tiny veins twist, dilate and break, creating red, bruise-like spots on the face. But unlike bruises, spider veins don’t heal and disappear over time.
MetroDerm, P.C. uses intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, the Gemini laser and KTP lasers to treat spider veins and red spots on the face. Patients often see results within four to six weeks following treatment. Typically two treatments are all that is required to achieve significant improvement in broken blood vessels and patients experience only mild discomfort during the brief procedure. During a brief consultation, one of our experts will evaluate your skin to determine which laser treatment is most appropriate. These laser treatments are available at the Johnson Ferry/Perimeter location.
Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL, is based on emitting high intensity pulses of filtered light to penetrate the skin and rid various conditions with minimal discomfort and no down time. Using light filters, the energy of the intense pulsed light (IPL) can be focused on specific targets. Although the IPL is not really a laser, it is a powerful tool. It erases mild sun damage, freckles, and light brown spots on the face, neck, and chest. In fact, many patients report the added bonus of a reduction in pore size, smoother skin, and fewer wrinkles. The experts at MetroDerm, P.C. can treat your unwanted skin discolorations, minimize the appearance of rosacea and blood vessels under the skin, and control acne using IPL.
This advanced laser system can be used for a wide range of skin pigmentation and lesion issues, including hyperpigmentation, port wine stains, red spots, dark spots on the face and hands, spider veins, and even hair removal. The Gemini laser is a versatile treatment option, and in many cases can achieve dramatic improvements after just one treatment session.
Prior to the procedure, lidocaine, a numbing agent, is applied to the area being treated. Once the treatment starts, you will feel a mild stinging or snapping sensation, as the laser delivers energy to the skin. Duration of the procedure will depend on the size of the treatment area. However, most treatments take less than 30 minutes. Although treatment with the Gemini laser can produce mild discomfort, most MetroDerm, P.C. patients easily handle the procedure and report a mild stinging sensation during treatment.
The number of necessary laser skin treatments will depend on the severity of your condition. For example, many spider veins can be removed after just one treatment. Port wine stains, on the other hand, may need multiple treatments, for an aesthetically pleasing outcome.
The KTP laser is one of the innovative tools MetroDerm, P.C. utilizes to provide the best possible outcomes for patients. The KTP laser removes spider veins on the face, red lesions on the face and body, brown lesions (raised like liver spots or skin tags), and brown spots (flat like freckles or sun damage spots). Visible results can be seen after a single treatment; however, it could take multiple treatments depending on severity.
The KTP laser works by selectively targeting irregular spots on the skin. Specifically, the laser targets red (hemoglobin) and brown (melanin) areas on the skin. While treating redness on the skin, the energy of the KTP laser gently coagulates the blood vessels below the skin ’s surface. This collapses those visible blood vessels and decreases the generalized redness seen in rosacea. While treating lentigines (sun spots), the energy of the KTP targets the melanocytes presents in the epidermis.
Treatment with the KTP laser does not take long; the length of the treatment depends on the area being treated. Depending on what you are treating, you may have gel applied to your skin. The treatment itself is not painful and you will be ready to go immediately after the treatment. There is no down-time and you will feel fine immediately following the treatment.
There is no downtime after treatment with the KTP laser. It does not cause bruising or excessive redness; most patients go immediately back to work or social events after their treatment. Brown spots may become temporarily darker following the treatment. To remove blood vessels or brown spots usually 1-2 sessions are needed. Some patients see results in a single session and only do 1 treatment. Other patients require a series of treatments.
If you are tired of looking at your face and seeing small veins, there is help for this condition at MetroDerm, P.C. Call to make an appointment to put an end to these unsightly veins. MetroDerm serves Buford, Smyrna, Alpharetta, Milton, Roswell, Cumming, Dahlonega, Woodstock, Buckhead, Decatur, and Suwanee.