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How does the procedure work?
The Dermatology Institute of Victoria has several vascular lasers available,the two most commonly utilised are the Cutera Excel V and the Candela V Beam Perfecta these lasers offer a variety of different wavelengths that can be used alone or in combination to treat a range of skin conditions. Lasers work by emitting one wavelength, a single small part of the light spectrum, which targets a specific colour in the skin. The target absorbs the light energy from the laser, converts it to heat, destroying the lesion but leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. Some vascular lasers emit a visible coloured light, green or yellow which targets facial blood vessels, age spots, sun spots, freckles, redness caused by scarring and birthmarks such as port wine stains and strawberry haemangiomas. Others will emit a wavelength in the infrared spectrum to treat deep or blue vessels.
What will the patient experience during the procedure?
A topical anaesthetic may be applied prior to treatment to numb the area. When treating deeper vessels, a local anaesthetic injection may be required, however this is uncommon. The patient wears safety eye wear during the procedure. The laser is passed over the treatment zone, in sections, at various wavelengths allowing it to penetrate at all levels. The patient is required to stay in the clinic and ice for a minimum of 15 minutes after the procedure.
What can the patient expect after the procedure?
After the treatment, a mild feeling of sunburn is common and can last for the remainder of the day. Redness and swelling is also common and may last from one to two days or even longer for more significant treatments. Some scabbing and even blistering may be seen, especially if treating brown spots, but is unusual if only blood vessels are being treated.