Vein / Rosacea Treatment FAQ
How does it work?
Laser light targets and constricts the blood vessels that cause spider veins in the leg, without harming surrounding tissue, so there’s no extensive recovery. For rosacea, treatments use an optimized light device to target and clear the blood vessels under the surface of the skin that are responsible for the condition. This light energy is absorbed specifically by blood vessels, which shrink and collapse, reducing redness.
What types of symptoms can be treated?
Laser leg vein treatment is ideal for spider veins, reticular veins, and broken capillaries on the legs.Light-based rosacea treatment can be used to reduce redness, spider veins, and acne-like breakouts that generally occur.
Am I a good candidate for this procedure?
These treatments can be performed safely on almost all skin types. Your esthetician will determine if you are a good candidate for treatments.
How long does it take?
A session can take less than 30 minutes, depending on the size of the area being treated.
How many treatments will I need?
While you may see changes in the appearance of your leg veins immediately following treatment, several laser leg vein treatment sessions may be needed to reduce the appearance of the leg veins completely. For rosacea, you will normally see some improvement immediately. Depending on the severity of your condition, two or more treatments may be necessary to achieve the best results.
Does it hurt?
Many people easily tolerate treatments with some experiencing mild discomfort.
How quickly will I recover?
Most people resume regular daily activities immediately following treatment. However, you should not take hot baths, hot showers, or engage in vigorous exercise for two (2) weeks following a laser leg vein treatment.
How to prepare for a LASER or IPL treatment:
PLEASE NOTE: If you start a course of antibiotics, you cannot have a laser treatment while on the antibiotics and for a week afterwards.
Before Your Laser Hair Removal Procedure
- Please shave the entire area you desire treated the day before your planned treatment. Razors will not be available
- Use a broad spectrum SPF 30 (or greater) sun block before AND after your treatments. No natural or artificial tanning (which includes tanning beds and spray tans) anytime within 2-3 weeks before your session.
- Avoid exfoliating agents like Retin-A, alpha or beta hydroxy acids, toners or any irritating creams for one week prior.
- Do not apply any perfumes, deodorant or make-up to the desired area the day of your treatment
Before Other Treatments:
- Avoid sun exposure (apply sunscreen daily and do not tan at all) for 4-6 weeks before and after treatment.
- Do not apply self tanners or spray tans for 4 weeks before treatment.
- Do not use any retinol or retinoid products before treatment.
- Tell your esthetician if you have a history of hyperpigmentation. Depending on your skin type a pigmentation treatment may be started 2-6 weeks prior to treatment.
- If you have a history of cold sores in the area being treated you may wish to start a prescription for antiviral therapy at the beginning of treatment to prevent a flare up.
- You must notify the technician if you have any cosmetic tattooing on or near the area to be treated.
- You must notify if you are on aspirin, ibuprofen, iron supplementation, anticoagulants, vitamin E, or herbal supplements such as gingko, garlic, ginseng, fish oil, vitamin E. We recommend avoiding these products for 2 weeks prior to your procedure unless your primary care provider has placed you on them for a medical condition.
- If possible come to your appointment with the treatment area cleanly washed without make-up.