Neodymium:Yttrium Aluminum Garnet (Nd:YAG) laser for vascular lesions is highly effective. The laser energy is absorbed by the vessel which coagulates the vessel causing it to collapse. The body absorbs the vessel over a period of several weeks. Often a series of 4-6 treatments are required to completely eliminate the vessels. The downtime is minimal. It can be used for a range of vascular lesions including telangiectasias, cherry angiomas, and leg veins.
Prices vary by locations and size of area to be treated. The range is $150-$600 per session. Usually 4-6 sessions are needed, focal lesions such as cherry angiomas may respond more quickly.
You will not be required to wear support stockings after treatments but it is generally recommend as it will slow the formation of new leg veins. You should not to exercise for the first 48 hours after treatment and avoid long hot showers, sauna, steam rooms and hot tubs. The treatment is tolerated well by most people. Once again you will be advised to avoid sun exposure to the treated area for one month prior and post treatment to avoid pigment issues. Our providers will assist you with a consultation and developing a treatment plan for you. The combination Nd:YAG therapy allows treatment of many leg veins that previous had to be injected using sclerotherapy. Benefits over traditional sclerotherapy include that laser is fast, less painful; minimally invasive without needles; and typically does not require compression wrapping.
Nd:YAG technology provides multiple synchronized pulsing to selectively heat blood vessels of different sizes and depths. The wavelength of light and pulsing characteristics of the system allow the energy to be virtually invisible to the epidermal melanin, thus protecting the skin. Normally only a few pulses of the laser are required to achieve complete closure and sealing of the vessels. The sapphire cooled Nd:YAG treatment head increases patient comfort and safety. Multiple spot sizes available allows accurate targeting of vessels anywhere on the body including larger telangiectasia on the face and angiomas on the trunk and extremities.
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