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Transcutaneous laser and intense-pulsed-light (IPL) therapy is a non-invasive treatment used to remove the superficial vessels on your face and body. Generally, it is used for cosmetic reasons to improve skin appearance and to address first signs of varicose disease.
Most commonly this procedure is done for face and legs, but can be also effective in other part of the body. Transcutaneous laser is not as effective for larger vessels and more complicated varicose disease cases.
Transcutaneous laser procedure delivers an ablative dose of thermal energy to the vessel to make it disappear. It is a safe and effective procedure but sometimes can case small skin burns that normally disappear in few weeks time.
It is an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can go home same day. This procedure does not need anaesthetic and is done without incisions.
Who is it suitable for
✔ Patients with small superficial vessels willing to remove them for cosmetic reasons (mainly in the face or legs area)
✔ Patients with vessel changes or skin redness
✔ This procedure normally takes up to 30 minutes
✔ It is performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can go home same day
✔ The complexity and duration of this procedure vary from patient to patient, depending on their individual situation
✔ Patient can return to normal activities straight after this procedure
✔ Patients may not see any significant changes until several weeks after the procedure
✔ Multiple treatments may be required
✔ Avoid sunbathing, tanning beds or waxing for two weeks
Before The Treatment
Before the procedure specialist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam.
• Goals and expectations - Be ready to discuss you goals and expectations. Your doctor should explain you different types of methods, potential risks, recovery and expected outcomes.
• Medical history - Doctor will ask you to provide a complete medical history including your past and current medical conditions.
• Examination, diagnostics - Your doctor will perform physical examination and a duplex ultrasound to diagnose the problem.
• Additional therapy - depending on the stage of varicose disease, your doctor may suggest to perform additional therapy such as sclerotherapy before proceeding with the transcutaneus laser treatment.
Patients should avoid sunbathing, tanning beds or waxing for two weeks prior to the procedure.
What does it involve?
Generally the following is involved:
• This procedure is generally performed without anasthesia.
• No pain or little pain is expected, you can feel some local heet during procedure.
• Glasses for eye protection will be used.
• Laser energy will be applied durinh procedure on the affected area of the skin.
• At the end creme will be applied to treated area.
After the treatment
Transcutaneus laser is performed as an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can go home same day. After this procedure it is common to have tiny burns and bruises, but your doctor should prescribe you medical cremes to manage the symptoms. You may experience a slight stinging sensation, similar to a mild sunburn in the treated area. This sensation usually subsides within four to six hours. Cool packs or moist cloths may be applied to reduce the sensation.
Readiness can stay four to eight hours after the treatment. Mild swelling in the treatment area that usually dissipates within several days.
Patients may not see any significant changes until several weeks after the surgery. Multiple treatments may be required.
Also patient should avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding.
It is low risk procedure but some complications are possible:
• Small skin burns
• Local hiperemia
• Itching and local swelling for some days
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