What is Vascular Lesions?
Vascular lesions are relatively common abnormalities of the skin and underlying tissues, affecting up to 50% of women aged 18 years and older. Spider veins, telangiectasia, and diffuse redness are often a result of aging, sun damage or pregnancy and sometimes genetic. Often mistaken for a sunburn or rosy skin, redness in the face are small blood vessels that can be easily treated. Vascular lesions include a range of conditions, whether it is leg veins, facial veins, angiomas, or venous lakes, laser and light-based devices have become a viable treatment option to safely and effectively remove and diminish unwanted vascular concerns.
How We Treat Vascular Lesions
Dr Kenneth Thean
Treatment for Vascular Lesions
Dilated and hence visible capillary vessels, so-called telangiectasis, are colloquially known as spider veins or facial veins. If they accumulate in the face, this is known as couperose. Couperose or spider veins can develop if the blood accumulates in capillary vessels and the vessels are overextended over a longer period. This is by no means a sign of aging, as 70 % of 30 – 39 year-olds are already suffering from visible branching of the vessels.
For the treatment of vascular lesions, I prefer to use the yellow laser. Pulses of yellow laser light are directly applied to the entire area of the blemish. The veins and capillaries of the lesion absorb the laser’s energy while the surrounding skin tissue does not.
The treatment causes the exposed vessels to break down and become less visible. The procedure time for vascular lesion treatments depends on the size of the lesion but never takes more than a few minutes. Side effects from the procedure are minimal – patients may experience some slight discomfort or redness in the area which will subside in a couple of hours.