Telangiectasia Laser Treatments

Telangiectasia Laser Treatments

What is Telangiectasia?

Telangiectasia are reddish blue veins that appear on the surface of the skin. Telangiectasia can be mistaken for varicose veins. However, varicose veins are usually large, whereas telangiectasia tend to be small.

How does this condition occur?

These veins can appear for several different reasons. Some common reasons are hereditary triggers, occupational hazards, hormonal changes, and birth control pills. Jobs that require you to stand for long periods of time can cause or worsen telangiectasia.

What type of methods are used to treat telangiectasia?

Compression socks, lifestyle changes, sclerotherapy, and laser treatments are all possible methods for treating telangiectasia. Exercising regularly is a great method for reducing or preventing telangiectasia. Lasers can treat these veins non-invasively, and sclerotherapy requires an injection of saline to break down the veins.

What types of lasers are used to treat telangiectasia?

Intense pulsed light lasers can be used to treat telangiectasia. This involves using a laser only on the surface of the skin to target and destroy the veins. Endovenous laser treatments are also available and requires inserting a small laser under the skin to damage and remove the veins.

What are the benefits of telangiectasia treatments?

Telangiectasia can be a cosmetic problem, or it can be a more serious health concern. These veins can sometimes cause pain, in which case removal would alleviate the issue. If the veins are only a cosmetic concern, then treatments would boost the patient’s self-esteem.

Who is a good candidate for telangiectasia removal?

Many people are good candidates for telangiectasia removal. The ideal candidates do not have a history of blood clots or take blood thinners. Those with severe illnesses or who are pregnant are not recommended to undergo this treatment.

What is the average cost of a telangiectasia treatment?

Treatment for telangiectasia can cost around $200 to $400 per session. The size of the area being treated may increase the price of each treatment. If multiple sessions are required, this may also increase the cost. If the telangiectasia is painful, insurance may help cover the cost.

How many treatments will I need?

Typically patients will need somewhere between two to six treatments. If there are many large veins, more sessions may be required. The size of the area being treated may also affect the number of necessary sessions.

How long will each treatment take?

Most treatments take about thirty minutes to complete. For larger areas, sessions may last closer to an hour.

How far apart are treatments?

Most patients have their sessions four to six weeks apart. Depending upon how many sessions you need and how severe your telangiectasia is, you may need more frequent sessions. Your doctor will determine the appropriate schedule for you.

What should I expect before treatment?

Normally, treating telangiectasia doesn’t require much preparation. You should stay away from the sun and cease use of any blood thinners before receiving treatment. Smoking and alcohol consumption are also not recommended. Be sure not to put any creams or lotions on the areas that will be treated on the day of treatment.

What should I expect after treatment?

Some patients notice bumps under the skin or redness on the treated areas after each session. The bumps will disappear on their own, and the redness is normal. Some bruising may also occur. Compression socks can help ease these reactions. Most patients do not experience any severe reactions post-treatment.

Where can I go to find a treatment?

Dermatologists can treat telangiectasia. Clinics that focus on cosmetology procedures also offer laser treatments for telangiectasia.