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Treating blood vessel conditions with light – does it work?

Treating blood vessel conditions with light – does it work?
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There are a handful of light devices that can effectively treat telangiectasias without downtime. Many Melbourne dermatology clinics use pulsed dye lasers, YAG lasers or a diode laser, because they are so effective when treating blood vessel conditions. Telangiectasias are collections, like tangles, of blood vessels that can show through the skin, discolouring, with other blood vessel conditions ranging from rosacea to bruising.

Using pulse dye lasers in dermatology clinics for blood vessel conditions

The pulse dye laser has been in use for quite some time for blood vessel conditions and is useful in dermatology because the beam is so specific. Longer pulse durations mean less side-effects, but can mean more dermatology treatments are required, since longer pulses work best but at a lower power. Longer pulses also mean less downtime.

Light-based devices are also useful in dermatology for treating another blood-vessel condition, rosacea, particularly those forms of rosacea that include redness, but not papules or inflammation.

Treating blood vessels – dermatology – Melbourne clinic

The point in dermatology of treating blood vessels with lasers is to make the blood vessel shrink and disappear altogether, but not all blood vessels – just the ones that stand out or cause underlying redness. Purple or red vessels should become less obvious, and much of the colour will disappear over time. This process may take multiple treatments at your Melbourne dermatology clinic and take it can be some time for the results to be fully revealed, depending on the condition at the start.

Anyone with darker skin types or those with a lot of sun damage require slightly different approaches with these light-based devices to ensure safety. Diode lasers can give before-your-very-eyes results, with a small spot being traced along a blood vessel, disappearing as you go. This is fun to watch happen as a patient in a dermatology clinic, because you can see your blood vessel evaporate from view in front of you.

When using intense pulsed light (IPL), multiple treatments are required, with significant melanin absorption, meaning treating tanned skin with this in the dermatology clinic may be a no-no. Each treatment will be determined by the individual, since their skin type, tolerance and goals need to be taken into consideration.

Using the Excel V dermatology laser to treat blood vessel conditions – Melbourne clinic

At ENRICH, we also use the Excel V laser to treat vascular conditions such as rosacea, telangiectasia, port wine stains, cherry haemangiomas, blood vessels around the eyes, broken capillaries on the face, venous lakes, bruising and pigmentation. We can also treat certain types of melasma.

How blood vessel treatments with lasers work in dermatology – Melbourne clinic

Blood vessels are destroyed by the laser beam, and may shrink immediately, or take a while to completely disappear as the body scavenges the dead cells. This can mean the appearance of blood vessels improves over a period of weeks or months, depending on what the blood vessels looked like in the beginning. Your dermatologist will be able to explain what you can expect.

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