Vascular laser uses and advantages

Written by: Dr. Ignacio Sánchez-Carpintero Abad
Edited by: Top Doctors®

There are many people who want to eliminate your body vascular lesions such as varicose veins, red spots and other skin reaction. The vascular laser is a convenient and effective solution to say goodbye.

The vascular device is a laser light (laser type) with a fixed wavelength, which is very selective to produce oxyhemoglobin photocoagulation, substance found in red blood cells inside blood vessels.

It is the most widely used treatment in dermatology and is known as pulsed dye laser. It is very effective and selective for the reddish lesions, mainly vascular. It is safer compared to other ancient treatments as the application of electrocautery method.

In childhood, we apply early for the treatment of capillary vascular malformations also known as port-wine stains (spots or birthmarks that seem a splash of red wine on skin). It is also sometimes applied in some patients with infantile hemangiomas. In adulthood, it is indicated in patients with spider veins, spider veins, rosacea, red scars, stretch marks, rubies points, etc.

Any area of ​​the body can be treated. Normally, the face is the area where it is applied as often appear in her most dermatological diseases or disorders mentioned above. Long legs is also used, although in this area the response may be slower, requiring, in general, a greater number of sessions.  

One of its main advantages is that the treatment is virtually painless. Adults tolerate it well, without the need for anesthesia. Children in change, especially when the lesion is extensive and is on the face, often require sedation. In Unit of Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations of the Ruber International Clinic and Dermatology Clinic perform this procedure from 3-4 months of life. We see positive results quickly when treatment is started early, in the first months of life.

The number of sessions depends on the type of injury involved. A vascular spider is removed in one or two sessions. Instead, angiomas may require a large number, as appropriate. The cuperosis (redness of the skin caused by capillaries) greatly improves three sessions and scars.

Side effects of laser are rare and, exceptionally, a burn or scar can appear. Rarely we see hyperpigmentation of the area, a fact that if the case is temporary and usually gives in a few weeks.  


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Ignacio Sánchez-Carpintero Abad

Dr. Sánchez-Carpintero specializes in Medical-Surgical Dermatology at the University Clinic of Navarra. His main areas of interest are the treatment of Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations. Currently he is working as a Head of the Laser Unit of the International Dermatology Clinic.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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