Vascular Lesions

Vascular lesions commonly treated with laser include rosacea, spider veins (telangiectasias), and venous lakes.


Rosacea is a chronic vascular disorder that causes redness of the skin typically along the central cheeks, nose and chin.  It is more common in fair skinned woman age 30 to 50 years and can be made worse by excessive sun exposure, caffeine, heat, alcohol, and topical corticosteroid use.

How is rosacea treated with laser?

We use an Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) device directly over the involved skin.  This is a very safe procedure that causes minimal discomfort and takes less than 30 minutes to complete.  Three sessions scheduled three to four weeks apart is usually required.

Facial spider veins (telangiectasias)

Facial spider veins are usually red, blue, or purple in color.  They often occur as a result of aging, sun exposure, prior trauma and genetic factors.

How are facial spider veins treated with laser?

We use an IPL device or Nd:YAG laser to treat small facial veins.  These treatments are very safe and effective and in most cases the facial spider veins completely resolve in one or two treatments.

Leg spider veins (telangiectasias)

Leg spider veins are very common, especially in women along the thighs, calves and ankles and appear as unsightly clusters of blue, red and purple veins.  Pregnancy, prolonged sitting or standing, prior injury, chronic swelling, and weight gain make them worse.

How are leg spider veins treated with laser?

We use an IPL device or Nd:YAG laser to treat leg spider veins.  There is mild discomfort associated with these procedures.  We use a cooling device to help.  The laser treatment is only helpful for small (less than 4 mm) superficial leg veins.  One to three treatments, four to six weeks apart, are typically required.  Avoidance of strenuous aerobic exercise for four to seven days, and wearing compression hose for three days is recommended.

What are the side effects of laser therapy for vascular lesions?

Rare side effects are hypo or hyper pigmentation (decreased or increased skin color).  Bruising or redness may occur and can last from 5 to 14 days after treatment.

What is the cost to treat vascular lesions?

Most vascular lesions require one to three sessions costing $150 to $400.

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