What to expect during treatment
What this laser can do for you?
The Cynosure laser not only removes hair
but significantly diminishes the unsightly appearance of small spider
veins. Drawn to the color of the veins— heat from the laser
coagulates small amounts of blood in the vessel –the body
slowly reabsorbs the blood. Afterwards, expect a bruised appearance
for about 2-4 weeks. Most veins require about 2 or 3 treatments.
Works well with fair to medium skinned clients. Then enjoy vein-free
legs and face.
What does the
treatment procedure involve?
Arrive a few minutes early to complete paperwork—medical
history, current meds and contact information.
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is the starting point
A Registered Nurse (RN) will sit down to discuss the results you
would like to achieve. She will review history forms, consent for
treatment as well as a written price quote before the procedure
The best treatment course is then
decided and shared with you. Next, the nurse will take photos to
document a treatment starting point – photos help us record
the severity of your condition and monitor improvement.
Our nurses will review the pre and
post treatment instructions and precautions. A treatment plan will
be designed for your specific needs. The price quote outlines both
the costs, discounts and expected treatment time line.
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What to expect
Nurses remove all makeup, moisturizers and sunscreen prior to treatment.
Clean skin improves treatment effectiveness.
news– facial veins often completely disappear and without
a prolonged, unattractive healing time. We help you protect your
eyes by offering a pair of occlusive metal glasses worn during treatment.
Short-term redness and welts may
appear once the veins disappear.
does it last? A short period of time--welts usually disappear
in about 2 hours or less—redness less than 2 days.
feels tight and clean just after treatment
To soothe the skin, we apply tea tree oil, aloe vera or Vitamin
E. A regiment that decreases inflammation and revs up the healing
process. Use cosmetics only when skin is unbroken and the area is
not radiating heat.
hot? That means hold off with cosmetics. It is normal for
this area to feel warm or hot for several hours after treatment.
leg veins—the procedure can be intense and uncomfortable
for blue-colored veins or when veins cover legs extensively.
in the air
Icy cold air directed at the treatment site helps cool the skin
prior to treatment and throughout.
What to expect
after the treatment
Redness and welting may present after treatment. Throbbing is also
reported among clients and may last from 2 to 4 hours. Bruising
is normal. Leg veins can take 4-6 weeks before bruising resolves.
Tylenol taken before treatment helps minimize discomfort. If you
have some prescription pain medication, such as Vicodin or Percocet,
you can take that instead if you feel it may be needed (if you have
a lot of leg veins or deep blue veins). If you are only doing facial
veins, you should not even require the Tylenol. Prescription pain
medication may be taken 30 minutes before treatment--but please,
arrange a safe ride home.
Small veins work best. That means no bigger than the width of a
pencil lead. Larger veins require a more invasive technique such
as sclerothearpy, which is done at a doctors office, not in our
Fair to medium
skin tone shows promising results
Blood coagulation requires high intensity light. Darker skin tones
would require even more intensity—but that would produce unwanted
blisters and scars. Clients must be within level 1-4 according to
the Fitzpatrick Skin Scale, which registers up to level 6.
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sun exposure and lotions
Do not expose treatment area to the sun or a tanning bed or booth
at least 4 - 6 weeks before treatment. Tanned skin may cause blistering
and possibly hypo pigmentation, identified as white spots, lasting
for several months.
lotions and creams around the treatment area for at least
10 days before treatment.
doses of iron other than a regular multi-vitamin?
It may increase susceptibility to hyper pigmentation, characterized
by increased pigment or brown spots. If pigmentation is affected,
it's usually temporary.
Clients with poor circulation (i.e.
diabetes), taking blood thinners (Coumadin, Warfarin, daily aspirin,
etc.) may have poor or delayed healing if treated with the laser
for leg veins.
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Cold packs ease any temporary discomfort. Tylenol is recommended
for discomfort if necessary.
Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the
first 24 hours following treatment. Be careful shaving. Be aware
of products with abrasive cleaners that could interrupt the natural
healing process. Avoid any strenuous workouts, hot tubs and spas
for 48 hours after treatment.
At home treatments
If the skin is broken or a blister appears, apply any topical antibiotic,
such as Bacitracin or Neosporin. Want more protection? Keep the
affected area covered and avoid direct sunlight while experiencing
Remember—stay away from sun
or tanning booth until the treatment area completely heals.
Spider veins often appear worse before they appear better. If the
vein disappeared during a laser session and it reappears later,
it may look darker in color. If this occurs it should slowly reabsorb
by your body within 1—2 months.
If subsequent treatments are needed,
wait at least 2 months before the next treatment.