Vascular & Pigmented Lesions Removal

About this treatment

There are many different types of vascular and pigmented lesions including sun spots, age spots, telangiectasias, leg veins, spider naevi, port wine stains, rosacea, lentigines, angiomas and actinic keratosis. Most of these can be improved or removed using a laser. We use a number of different laser technologies at the clinic, which have been well-researched and have clinical studies to prove their efficiency in treating a wide variety of skin conditions. One of the most effective technologies for treating vascular and pigmented lesions is the Dual Yellow Laser.

Vascular lesions

Vascular lesions can be present from birth or develop with age, or as the result of sun damage. They occur when the small capillaries in your skin become dilated and can give the appearance of red spots, or sometimes large stains, such as port wine stains. They can also spread out like thread veins or spider veins. The yellow light from the Dual Yellow laser immediately shrinks the capillaries to provide instant cosmetic results. This happens because yellow light is readily absorbed by blood to shrink the vessel, and achieved with minimal or no pain.

Pigmented lesions

Pigmented lesions are extremely common and most often caused by the sun. They include freckles, age spots and liver spots and normally contain very high concentrations of melanin (pigment). Hormonal factors, injury and ageing can also cause abnormal pigmented lesions. The green light from the Dual Yellow laser targets the melanin, which is the principle component in the lesion. Most people will see an immediate change. In some cases, the lesion will darken slightly, which is perfectly normal, and then gradually disappear over the following week. This method causes no damage to the surrounding tissue and is a great alternative t invasive procedures such as surgical removal or freezing.

Frequently asked questions

What are vascular and pigmented lesions?
Most people have some kind of vascular or pigmented lesions on their skin. Benign vascular lesions are red in colour and are caused by an abnormal clustering of blood vessels. Pigmented lesions are brown in colour and are caused by abnormal production of melanin and are mist often associated with sun damage. These range from small blood vessels and veins to sun spots (age spots), benign pigmentation spots, angiomas, actinic keratosis and port wine stains.
Is this treatment suitable for me?
If you have any kind of vascular or pigmented lesion you are unhappy with and would like to have removed then we suggest you book in for a consultation with Debbie or one of our aesthetic therapists so they can examine the lesion and see if it is suitable for removal with laser. During your consultation we will take a full medical and lifestyle history, so that we can best advise you on the right treatment.
How many treatments will I need?
Some lesions can be removed in just one treatment but you may need up to three.
What can I expect during treatment?
You may experience some discomfort during treatment however no local anesthesia or pain medication is needed and treatment is typically very quick, depending on the size of the lesion, so any discomfort wont last long.
How long does the treatment take?
This will depend on the size and type of lesion being treated. Some can be removed in a matter of minutes.
How does laser treatment to remove vascular and pigmented lesions work?
The treatment of vascular and pigmented lesions has been greatly improved since the introduction of laser technology. Lasers utilize a process known as “selective photothermolysis” which means a laser can selective target a specific lesion without damaging the surrounding skin. Most veins and pigment (age/sun spots) can be reduced or removed completely using laser or IPL.
Are there any side effects or risks?
Any laser treatment can carry potential risks or side effects which is why it is important to have a through consultation with a laser specialist to make sure you are suitable for treatment and to minimse any risks of things going wrong. There can be some redness in the area after treatment but this usually wont last longer than 24 hours. In rare cases you may get some blistering at the treated site.
Is there any downtime or pain involved?
Most people don’t experience any pain or down time after this treatment
What results can expect from my treatment?
Pigmented areas simply fade or flake away in three to seven days. Depending on the vein, some will instantly disappear while others can take three to seven days to break down.
Can I have this treatment before my wedding/ big event?
Yes, but we normally advise starting treatments three to six months before the date just in case you need more than one treatment or there are any side effects.
Can I have this treatment when I am pregnant?
No, unfortunately we cannot currently use any lasers on you during the course of your pregnancy. Even though it is widely believed that lasers would be safe (as they do not move through the body or emit any harmful radiation), no official tests have yet been conducted on pregnant women to prove this.

Prices

VeinsSmall areaHalf FaceFull FaceRed spot/Angiomas
With Senior Therapist£100£160£250£90
With Debbie£125£185£300£115
PigmentationSmall AreaCheeksFaceNeckChestHands
With Senior Therapist£90£160£250£140£220£130
With Expert Therapist£115£185£300£165£270£155
With Debbie£115£185£300£165£270£155

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