Cosmetic Laser Therapy

Minneapolis Vein Center

Interventional Radiologists & Vein Specialists located in Plymouth, MN

Cosmetic Laser Therapy Q & A

What is Laser Vein Therapy?

Medical lasers provide safe and effective non-surgical treatment of spider veins on the legs and face. The Excel V+ laser delivers pulses of light energy to the unwanted vein, which causes the blood within the treated vein to coagulate. Once the treated veins are closed, the body will absorb them over time.

How does Laser Therapy differ from Sclerotherapy for veins?

Both treatments close unwanted veins, but they do it in different ways. Sclerotherapy involves injecting a medication directly into the vein, while Laser Therapy uses light energy to close the vein. The best kind of treatment depends on the type, size, location and color of the veins being treated. Your consultation will determine if sclerotherapy or laser therapy will be most effective. Laser therapy is considered the treatment of choice for facial spider veins.

How Many Treatments do I need?

Most skin concerns require 1-4 treatment sessions to achieve desired results. However, the number of treatments will vary based on your condition, results and goals. We will tailor the treatment plan to your skin type and the outcome you desire in an effort to get the best results possible.

What does a Laser treatment feel like?

Laser treatments can feel similar to a quick rubber band snap against the skin as the pulses of energy are delivered. Depending on the procedure, a cooled treatment tip will be in contact with the skin to provide additional comfort to the area.

How long does a Laser treatment take?

Treatments are comfortable and fast with most treatments performed in 30 minutes, however, depending on the areas and concerns being treated, it may take up to 60 minutes.

What is the downtime after Laser treatments?

There can be an initial period of redness, swelling, a mild sunburn sensation or bruising over the areas treated. This is temporary and usually dissipates within several hours to days. Avoid taking hot baths or showers and doing strenuous aerobic exercise for 3 days after treatment. In some cases, the use of compression stockings may be recommended based on the size of the veins treated.

When will I see results?

Most patients find that the treated area shows a significant improvement within 2-6 weeks after treatment. If indicated, the treated area should be ready for another laser treatment in about 4-8 weeks. A tan or brownish pigment may persist when larger veins are treated, this pigment should fade as it heals. Keys to successful treatments include avoiding sun exposure to treated areas for 2 weeks along with the use of a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Final results might not be apparent for several months.

What other conditions can be treated with the Excel V+ laser?

The laser can also treat several common skin concerns such as rosacea, age spots, sun spots, angiomas, poikiloderma and red birthmarks.

Are you ready to get started…..here’s how:

A free cosmetic consultation with our cosmetic nurse prior to treatment is required. At this consultation, we will evaluate your skin and make recommendations for the best treatment options to address your concerns.