Vascular laser treatment

What is a vascular laser?  It is a laser that targets blood vessels.  At Dubuque ENT, we regularly use three different lasers to treat vascular conditions such as spider veins, rosacea, facial telangiectasia, facial hemangiomas, venous lakes, couperose, poikiloderma of civatte, and hypervascular scars.

Spider veins, telangiectasias, and unwanted facial blood vessels

Many people are bothered by one or two “broken blood vessels” somewhere on their face or body.  Our vascular lasers such as the KTP “green light” laser, and the long-pulse Nd:YAG laser are very effective in removing these vessels.  Each treatment injures the blood vessel, and typically it completely resolves at the time of treatment.  The body has a tendency to re-open damaged blood vessels, so multiple treatments are typically required.  Most patients will require 3 treatments spaced one month apart.

Rosacea

Rosacea is a common condition which often starts on the nose and cheeks as a tendency to blush, and spreads to the forehead and chin and other areas on and off the face.  Your dermatologist will be the first line in helping you to treat rosacea, and may prescribe various medications.  When these fail to improve flushing and redness, cosmetic laser treatments can be very effective.  Generally, the doctors will start by using a KTP laser to trace out and eliminate the larger visible vessels, which may take 1-3 treatments depending on the severity of rosacea.  Larger blue and purple vessels respond wonderfuly to the long-pulse Nd:YAG laser.  Once the larger vessels are reduced, our doctors will generally recommend proceeding with IPL (Intense pulsed light) which is fantastic at helping the smaller blood vessels that cause flushing.  Improvements are seen after each treatment, but often after 2-3 IPL treatments the patient is satisfied with results.  Skin that is affected by rosacea will tend to continue to form excessive blood vessels within the skin, and will likely require maintenance treatments 1-2 times per year..