Laser Surgery for small facial blood vessels
What is a laser?
A laser produces an intense, focused beam of colored light. Laser light can be generated in different colors to treat specific skin conditions. For example, green laser light is absorbed by red-colored targets. This causes specific destruction of vascular (blood vessel) lesions leaving normal skin intact.
What types of skin problems can be treated with the laser?
The physicians at Cary Dermatology use a (solid state diode) laser to treat telangectasias (broken blood vessels), cherry angiomas (cherry moles), and other vascular lesions. It generally takes 1 to 2 sessions to effectively treat these skin problems.
What can I expect during and after laser treatment?
The diode laser is small and quiet. Protective goggles are worn to shield your eyes from the light. Most treatments do not require any anesthesia. A slight stinging sensation is felt during treatment, and most patients have minimal discomfort. The treated area becomes red and flushed and may be slightly swollen. These effects usually disappear in 2-4 hours, but may last up to 2 days. Bruising does not occur. An antibacterial ointment is often recommended for several days, and sun avoidance is strongly encouraged for several weeks. It takes 1-3 weeks to see the final result of treatment.
How do I know if laser treatment is right for me?
Ask one of our doctors about this safe and effective procedure. They will determine if laser treatment is appropriate for your skin problem.