Laser treatment of age spots, brown spots, and small blood vessels (telangiectasias) on the face
Many of the smaller spots and skin lesions of the face are easily removed with lasers. These include small blood vessels on the face, small brown spots or age spots, and freckles and freckle-like spots on the face and elsewhere. The DioLite 532 Diode Laser is appropriate for many kinds of facial lesions, and does not cause the bruising that is seen with some other lasers, such as the pulsed dye laser.
The DioLite 532 laser offfers the latest in treatment options to eliminate unattractive skin lesions with the gentle action of a light beam. The laser allows non-traumatic treatments of vascular and pigmented skin lesions that are comfortable, safe and effective. The mild and precise treatment characteristics of the laser provide consistent results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Are laser treatments safe?
A. Yes. Laser have been used in medicine for a wide range of treatments since the early 1960s by many specialties, including dermatology and platic surgery. In the hands of a trained healthcare professional, the use of a laser is safe and effective.
Q. How does the laser work?
A. A laser generates and intense beam of light. This beam brings energy to a specific site, through a small hand piece connected to the laser.
The laser light is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin (bright red blood cells carrying oxygen) and melanin/pigment (black or brown pigment found in the skin) causing decomposition or destruction by heat of unwanted cells while leaving healthy cells intact.
Q. What is a vascular lesion?
A. 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 or result in a red appearance of the skin Spider veins (telangiectasia), are the most common vascular lesions.
Q. What is a pigmented lesion?
A. 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. When dark pigment multiplies, it forms freckles, brown age spots and moles. Dermatosis papulosa nigra (very small and numerous slightly elevated dark papules or bumps, on the face, particularly on the cheeks and near the eyes) is an example of a pigment containing lesion, as are freckles and brown age spots.
Q. What should a patient expect during and after treatment?
A. Treatment may vary, depening upon patient characteristics and the area being treated. You will be asked to wear special goggles to protect yours eyes from the intense beam of laser light.
You will be placed in reclined position, depending on the location of treatment. A “pencil thin” handpiece is used to direct a beam of laser light to the specific area of treatment. In most cases, anesthesia is not required.
Some patients report feeling a slight stinging sensation during the treatment followed by some redness which usually goes away in 2-4 hours. Some swelling may also be experienced and may last 1-2 days. There will not be any purple skin discoloration or bruised appearance to the treated skin.
Postoperative care is minimal.
Final treatment results should be evident within 2-3 weeks after treatment for pigmented lesions. In the meantime, normal daily activities can by resumed with only a slight redness evident at the treatment area.
Q. What does the laser look and sound like?
A. The laser is small about the size of a VCR. As pulses of energy leave the end of the end of the handpiece fiber, you will hear a soft beeping sound.
Q. What conditions are treated with the diode laser?
A. Vascular Lesions
- Telangiectasia- facial spider veins caused by a dilation of capillary vessels or arterioles.
- These small blood vessels tend to occur on, near, or around the nose and cheeks.
- Cherry Angiomas- slighty raised, rounded red spots or lesions
- Spider Angiomas- slighty raised, red spider like lesions
- Rosacea- red facial color on and around the nose and cheeks causing a sunburned look
- Lentigines- a flat, brown spot on the skin present on skin with frequent sun exposure
- Keratoses- slightly elevated pigmented spots often found on the back and hands
- Freckles- a brownish spot on the skin common on people with fair skin
- Dermatosis Papulosis Nigra- small, dark or black marks seen primarily on people of Asian or African descent
Pigmented or Brown Lesions
Q. As a patient, what does the laser mean to me? What are the benefits?
A. Excellent and consistent outcome-minimal to no discoloration, swelling or complications
Friendly and gentle treatment-typically performed without anesthesia or pain
Simple treatment-minimal care before and after treatment
Comfortable surroundings- treatment is performed in our office and takes only minutes
Q. How will I know if laser treatment is right for me?
A. After a brief examination, we can determine if laser treatment is appropriate for you.