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Whether you're a man or a woman, you may have noticed fine,
little red veins on your nose, chin, or cheeks that weren't there
previously. These are telangiectasias or facial spider veins, and
they appear on both men and women as a normal part of aging. They
can also result from pregnancy, childbirth, birth control pills,
estrogen-replacement therapy, sun damage, a skin condition called
rosacea, and even corticosteroids. Although not usually a medical
problem, telangiectasias can be an aesthetic one that make-up
usually doesn't cover adequately.
In the past, there was little you could do about spider veins.
But now laser technology has revolutionized treatment so that many
telangiectasias can be virtually erased.
Understanding Facial Telangiectasias
Facial telangiectasias are very fine, superficial veins that
have become permanently dilated and visible. Standard treatment has
included electrodessication, which involves zapping the vein shut
with electric current, but it can leave pitted white scarring.
VersaPulse®, the New Treatment Option
Now, the new VersaPulse® Aesthetic Laser is a state-of-the-art
system specially designed to treat spider veins and other vascular
The VersaPulse Advantage
The VersaPulse Aesthetic Laser produces short, adjustable pulses
of green light to treat these fine veins. The adjustable pulses
minimize the risk of purplish bruising (purpura). Purpura is a side
effect of many other lasers. Although it may fade in 7 - 10 days,
it is an unattractive side effect. With little or no purpura, as
with the VersaPulse laser, you are able to resume your normal
schedule right away.
The special VersaSpot Chilled Tip™ cools the skin during
treatment, enhancing patient comfort. The entire treatment involves
What You Can Expect
Laser treatments for facial telangiectasias depend on the
quantity, size, and depth of the veins. Most patients need between
one and three 15 - 30 minute sessions. Sessions are usually spaced
6 - 12 weeks apart and are performed in the Laser Treatment
The laser treatment itself feels like numerous little pin
pricks. Most patients do not require anesthesia during the
procedure. Topical or local anesthesia is provided for those who
The appearance of the treated area immediately after a laser
session will vary from patient to patient depending on the extent
of treatment. Immediate after-effects, if any, are minor. They may
include redness, or tenderness, all of which disappear in a short
time. Your physician will be happy to tell you more about your
treatment and what you can expect.
For more information, call Lourdes
Ophthalmology Surgery / Laser Treatment Center at