Laser Leg Vein Reduction
The Candela GYAG laser targets the selected blood vessel with wavelengths of light. The light closes off the vessel, then the body absorbs the remainder of the vessel.
How are Treatments Performed?
Usually, a series of 2-4 treatments are required at 4-6 week intervals for maximum clearance. Treatments are easy and comfortable. No specific preparation is required. GYAG treatments can be used on all skin types from the darkest to the lightest. During treatment, the laser pulses feel like a bit of heat followed by a cold spray.
What Should I Expect After Treatment?
Immediately after treatment, the areas will look pink and generally follow the pattern of the vessels removed. This will fade in 1-2 days as your body takes over to complete the process. Generally, you may return to normal activities such as walking and exercising in 1-2 days. You may return to work or other activities immediately although you will be asked to wear support hose after your treatment. Treatment of larger vessels get enhanced results with their extended use. Support hose will be prescribed to you at your consultation or you may pick them up after treatment. Protecting the treated skin from the sun during the first 1-2 weeks will reduce the chance of any dark spots forming.
What are the Results?
Most leg veins treated with the laser clear immediately. Some larger vessels may take on a gray color before fading naturally away. You can expect the vessels treated at the prior visit to be mostly or all the way gone by the time you return for your next session. Some vessels are resistant and need additional treatment. When combined with sclerotherapy, laser leg vein reduction completes the pathway to smooth vessel-free legs.
Candela lasers use a patented Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) that uses a sophisticated computer to deliver a cooling spray to the skin with each pulse. This system makes the laser treatments very safe, especially with respect to competing systems that do not have it.
The GYAG is a solid performer and produces impressive results. Considered the industry standard by which others are compared. The Candela laser series was first runner-up after Palomar of the 2007 Professional’s Choice Awards.