For those who are tired of those small blood vessels around the nose, cheeks or chin there is a very effective alternative in laser therapy.
The Pulsed Dye Laser is a result of fine tuned technology which “sizzles shut” the tiny veins without scarring the overlying skin. Once you and Dr. Coker have discussed which areas are to be treated you are placed in a reclining position and asked to wear a pair of safety goggles. The laser light is aimed directly over the skin with a hand piece that also gently blows a cool air to help minimize any discomfort. The light is emitted in short sequences and is often described as a tiny slap of the skin. Everyone admits that it is a little uncomfortable but is also short lived and never as bad as they had anticipated.
Immediately following the treatment you will see a reddish color and mild swelling. This turns into a deeper red or purple color over the next day or two. This “bruise” is difficult to cover with make-up! Usually the color begins to fade after 3 to 5 days and disappears completely after 5 to 8 days.
This is very safe and every precaution is taken during the treatment. Dr. Leslie R. Coker performs each procedure, not a medical assistant or technician. Destroying these blood vessels does not result in tissue damage or oxygen starvation. Possible side effects, although infrequent, include a brownish discoloration that lingers after the “bruise” has faded or a thin blister.
This is a cosmetic procedure and is not covered by insurance. Costs vary depending on the size of the area treated. Most patients require only one or two treatments.
This laser is most effective on facial blood vessels (or telangiectasias). Other treatments include: certain types of vascular birth marks, stretch marks or acne scars which are reddish in color, & small blood moles on the trunk. People with rosacea often suffer from a reddish flush of the nose or cheeks and can be treated with this laser.
For more information please contact us by email or phone at 757-838-8030.