For clearer looking skin, Calgary Vein & Laser offers VariLite Laser Treatment. We can remove both vascular and pigmented lesions to give your skin that unblemished appearance you’ve been wanting. VariLite Laser can treat everything from minor scar tissue, rosacea, and spider veins to freckles, lentigines and warts. Get in touch with Calgary Vein & Laser for details on VariLite Laser Treatment.
How Does the Laser Work?
A laser generates an intense beam of light that can electively target a treatment site. The laser light is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin (bright red blood cells carrying oxygen) and melanin (black or brown pigment found in the skin) causing decomposition or destruction by heat of unwanted cells while leaving healthy cells intact.
What Is a Vascular Lesion?
A vascular lesion is formed by abnormally large or numerous blood vessels located directly under the surface of the skin. These vessels may be visible through the skin and may result in a red appearance of the skin.
What Is a Pigmented Lesion?
Melanin is the dark pigment present in skin and is produced by melanocytes. Pigmented lesions occur when an abundance of melanocytes are found in the skin. Lesions may be flat or slightly raised.
VariLite Laser Treatment
VariLite Laser Treatment is quick, comfortable, and effective treatment of vascular, pigmented, and cutaneous lesions. You will be placed in a reclined position and asked to wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the intense beam of laser light. The doctor will use a pen-like handpiece to direct a beam of laser light to the lesion. Some patients report feeling a slight stinging sensation during treatment, so a cooling gel or system may be used to help alleviate any discomfort.
What Should a Patient Expect During Treatment?
Treatment may vary depending upon patient characteristics and the area being treated. An individual treatment program will be developed by your physician. Treatment sessions typically take 10 to 15 minutes. Patients are advised to remove makeup in the treatment area and to avoid tanning prior to scheduling a treatment.
What Should a Patient Expect after Treatment?
Some redness may occur in the treatment area immediately following treatment, however, it should subside within several hours. Some swelling may also be experienced and will go away in 1 to 2 days. Unlike older technologies, VariLite Laser Treatment will not cause any purple skin discolouration or bruised appearance to the treated skin.
Post-treatment care is minimal. Your doctor may ask you to use anti-bacterial ointment on the treated area for a short period of time and will suggest that you stay out of the sun during the healing process. Final treatment results should be evident 10 to 14 days after treatment for vascular lesions and within 2 to 3 weeks after treatment for pigmented lesions. In the meantime, normal activities can be resumed with only a slight redness evident at the treatment area.
How Will I Know if Laser Treatment Is Right for Me?
Ask your doctor. After a brief examination, your doctor will determine if laser treatment is appropriate for you.
Since treatment only takes a few minutes, your physician may be able to perform the procedure today. Ask your doctor for details.