Frequently Asked questions about Nd:Yag lasers (Vascular, Spider Veins, Etc)
What is the Nd:Yag?
The M22 Nd:YAG laser helps wrinkles, scars, and skin discolorations by resurfacing the skin. This laser can be used to treat or fade away spider veins, and red capillary veins. resurfaces your skin to remove moderate facial wrinkles, surface scars, or splotchy skin discolorations. The Nd: YAG laser is considered "non-ablative", which means that is does not cut the top layer of the skin. When the laser is pulsing, called "Q-switched," the laser blasts the damaged or unwanted tissue away.
What is the recovery time with the Nd:Yag laser treatment?
Recovery from a Nd:Yag laser treatment is uneventful. Patients can expect to feel like they have a sunburn. We recommend topical lubricants and topical steroidal creams to help with the healing process.
What are the risks of excessive sun exposure after laser?
Exposing the skin to excessive sun after a laser treatment is not a good idea and we recommend against it. If it is not possible, minimise your sun exposure by applying sunscreen and also shading your face or areas that you have recently treated with a laser. Some of the risks of excessive sun after a laser treatment are poor healing, hyperpigmentation, and possibly scarring.
What kind of downtime should I expect?
When treating enlarged veins with the Nd:Yag laser, patients will experience mild swelling and possibly some bruising that will last about 2 weeks. If the Nd:Yag is used for non-ablative skin rejuvenation, then the downtime is very minimal.
What are the potential side effects of Nd:Yag on face for redness?
When treating for redness (e.g. rosacea), there is the possibility of bruising and blistering. If the optimal settings are used, these risks can be minimal.
How much does the Nd:Yag laser cost?
The cost of these laser treatments depend son the facility, the laser, and the condition that is being treated. Single sessions range from $150 - $500. Most patients will need a serious of treatment. Therefore, the final cost can be $500 - $2000 for the fill series.
Nd:Yag for broken capillaries. Can there be scarring?
This is always a possibility of scarring with lasers. Most healthcare professionals will start with very conservative settings on your first treatment. This is to prevent any adverse reactions. It is better to be safe when starting treatments.
Can broken capillaries and spider veins around the nose be treated?
Yes. Laser technology in its current state is very effective at treating these kind of conditions. It is effective, quick and relatively less painful than the injections used in the past. Patient do have to consider spider veins versus varicose veins. Large varicose veins are usually treated with surgical procedures and then followed up with lasers.
Which is best, laser or sclerotherapy for veins?
Using sclerotherapy is one of the best ways to get rid of most leg veins. However, small veins that are not accessible for a sclerotherapy injection may have to undergo laser treatments to erase them. The laser may not be able to treat all the veins but patients may see a significant reduction.