Laser Treatment of Individual Blood Vessels
Baylor Dermatology offers two excellent options for unwanted medium to large blood vessels on the face or elsewhere. We own the Laserscope Lyra (1064 nm Nd:Yag laser) and Lumenis LightSheer (800 nm Diode laser). The procedure involves applying a cooling device to protect the surface of the skin. Light energy from the laser is then is able to safely pass into the skin and eliminate the blood vessel by cauterizing it from the inside. Using sunblock pretreatment is advisable as a tan may interfere with the light before it reaches the blood vessel.
What to Expect
Treatments are quick and effective. Although there is brief discomfort during the treatment, no numbing cream is needed. The skin appears mildly red after treatment for 1-2 days. Other side effects such as a blister or scar are extremely rare. Excellent results are usually seen within 1-2 treatments. Clearance of the vessel is sometimes seen instantly, but may take a month.
The cost depends on the size of the area treated. Typical charges range from $200-$500 per session. Unfortunately insurance never covers the cost of laser treatment.