Vascular Lesions and Leg Veins? We Can Help

When veins become visible through the surface of your skin, it disrupts your otherwise smooth complexion and may even cause you to feel self-conscious about baring your legs, which is where the veins tend to show up most often. If they appear on your face, you may find yourself hiding them with makeup every day as you long for a way to banish them for good.

We can grant that wish with laser skin rejuvenation at Robert Andrews Laser & Medical Aesthetics in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Our medical experts, including Halle Friedman, RN, have years of experience delivering precise, safe, and lasting results for our patients with vein problems. Here’s what you need to know.

What are vascular lesions, and are they dangerous?

Vascular lesions are simply blood vessels that become visible through the surface of your skin. There are two main types of vascular lesions: spider veins and varicose veins.

Spider veins get their name from the web-like network of vessels that show up on your face, chest, or legs. Other than their annoying appearance, spider veins typically don’t cause negative symptoms.

Varicose veins are usually found on the legs, where blood is heading back to your heart and working against gravity as it does. Veins have tiny one-way valves inside to prevent the backflow of blood on its upward journey, but if those valves fail, blood pools in that section of vein, and it becomes not only visible, but sometimes distended and bulging. Varicose veins may feel hot, itchy, achy, or painful. 

Rosacea redness

If you have one clear vascular lesion on your face, it’s likely just a broken vessel. But if you have overall redness that looks like a large patch of visible blood vessels on your cheeks, nose, and forehead, you may have rosacea, a common skin condition.

In addition to acne-like bumps and an enlarged nose, rosacea’s most recognizable sign is the characteristic ruddy complexion caused by swollen facial blood vessels.

What can be done about vascular lesions and rosacea?

At Robert Andrews Laser & Medical Aesthetics, we rely on two trusted technologies to eliminate your superficial vein problems. 

Intense pulsed light therapy (IPL)

Precisely focused light beams from a nonablative fractional skin resurfacing laser can treat the spider and varicose veins on your legs without breaking the skin or causing any pain. Specifically, we trust the Palomar Lux 1540 fractional laser. We hover a handheld device over the treatment area as it emits rapid pulses of intense light energy that penetrates your skin and targets the pigment in the veins. 

The laser energy heats the vascular tissue and destroys it. Over the next few weeks and months, your body naturally redirects blood flow to healthier veins and flushes out the dead tissues as waste. 

IPL treatments can also address other issues, such as acna, acne scars, large pores, and crepey skin.

Photofacial

Depending on your unique symptoms and aesthetic goals, we may recommend another highly effective treatment — Syneron Candela® elos™ photofacial. This technology couples IPL therapy with radiofrequency energy to reduce hyperpigmentation problems, such as rosacea, age spots, melasma, and sun damage, while also stimulating your body’s own production of collagen.

After your treatment, not only will your redness be gone, but you’ll notice improved tightness and texture as well. 

When should I get laser skin resurfacing done?

If you want to be ready for summer, we suggest starting your laser skin resurfacing treatments now. Depending on the size of the area you want to have treated, the severity of your vascular lesions, and other factors such as your age and overall health, you may need 3-6 sessions with time in between. 

When you come in for a consultation, we can give you a better idea of what to expect. While the treatment sessions are short and painless, the healing process is gradual, so the sooner you start, the better. 

To make an appointment, contact our friendly staff by phone or request a consultation using our online tool today. Together, we’ll get your skin ready for summer.

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