Sometimes skin imperfections can be vascular in nature, as opposed to issues such as lines and wrinkles, acne scars, or brownish “age” spots. At Image Surgical Arts, we offer several minimally-invasive treatment options to correct or reduce the appearance of different types of venous problems.
Vascular Skin Issues We Can Treat
Also called broken capillaries, these appear as tiny, web-like streaks or blotches that are red or bluish in color. Spider veins typically appear on the legs or face, especially the nose or cheeks. They can be caused by any number of things from genetic disposition to sun damage and aging
These are bulging, bluish veins that typically appear on the legs or the backs of your hands. Varicose veins may be bothersome because of their appearance, but they can also feel sore or even painful. If they are extensive or severe, surgery may be the best treatment option.
This is a skin condition that reddens the face. It is most common among women with light skin, but it can affect anyone. Rosacea can make blood vessels more visible and, in some cases, can cause red bumps.
Also called cherry angiomas, these are very small (pinpoint to quarter-inch) mole-like spots that may be flat or slightly raised. They usually appear on the shoulders, arms, torso or legs and most often affect adults over 30.
All of these unsightly skin issues can be corrected or minimized with proper treatment.
How Does Vascular Treatment Work?
Professional diagnosis is very important. Most of the time, vascular skin problems are cosmetic, though some can also be uncomfortable. Occasionally, however, varicose veins or cherry moles can be indicators of a more serious problem.
During your initial consultation, we will examine your skin, learn about your aesthetic goals, and explore with you the treatment options that are available. That way, you can make an informed decision.
Different vascular issues respond best to different types of treatment. Depending on your specific situation, we may recommend:
- YAG 1064 laser treatment
- Intense-pulsed light (IPL)
- EVO Lite Series (which combines the 1064 laser and IPL
- Our new Elluminate 3-in-1 laser treatment that combines the 1064 laser, as well as the 755 and 532 lasers, which address sun damage and skin texture issues like scarring and wrinkles.
For varicose veins or spider veins, we may recommend sclerotherapy instead. This is a short treatment in which our Nurse Practitioner will inject a special medication into the bulging vein, causing the vein to shrink. We can also combine sclerotherapy with YAG 1064 laser treatment to achieve even better results.
All of these options are in-office procedures that have down time.
When Can I Expect Results
With some of these procedures, patients typically start to see improvement right away. In all cases, results will gradually improve as the treated area heals.
Laser and light-based treatments provide a positive side-benefit, in that they stimulate production of new collagen, which promotes ongoing healthy skin renewal.
Does It Hurt?
None of the treatments we use to address vascular skin conditions are overly painful, but a laser treatment is different than a sclerotherapy injection. And every patient is different. In addition to local anesthetic, we often offer the option of using Pro-Nox, a relaxing breathable gas that patients control as needed during the procedure to lessen any discomfort you may experience.
Am I a Good Candidate?
You may be a good candidate for vein treatment if you suffer from spider veins, varicose veins, rosacea, or have one or more cherry moles you would like removed. As with all treatments, the best candidates are non-smokers who are in good health overall. That said, the best way to find out which option is best for you is to talk personally with one of our medical professionals.
Want to learn more? Schedule your Vascular Treatment consultation with Dr. Brady Harris or one of our expert staff at Image Surgical Arts, serving Nashville, TN in our state-of-the-art clinic today. Simply fill out the contact form on this page or give us a call at (615) 499-4224.
*Individual results may vary.