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Laser Vein Treatment and Hair Removal

This includes rosacea treatment, acne treatment, photo rejuvenation, reduction of spider/varicose veins on the legs and feet, reduction of vascular lesions on the face, as well as hair reduction and removal. It is often used as an integrated element of the rejuvenation program.

Vein Treatments

Unsightly red and blue veins can be the result of age, heredity, stress or disease. In any case, many people wish them removed, but do not want to undergo surgical or painful procedures. Many people live with visible leg veins, which may make them embarrassed to wear shorts, skirts and swimsuits.

Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) treatments can be used to deliver a precise dose of light energy with minimal risk to the skin and relatively little discomfort. Spider veins (small red, blue or purple veins) appearing on the face can be treated.

In addition to the IPL, the long wave 1064 non-ablative laser is used for clearing of the medium fine spider or small varicose veins. This laser delivers concentrated energy in a specific wavelength, ideal for targeting leg veins. The light pulses heat the blood within the leg vein, causing the vessel to constrict and eventually fade from view. This treatment is generally more comfortable and effective, causing unsightly vessels to fade from view in a few treatments or less.

The choice of device will depend on the vein size, skin type, and your medical status.

Leg vein treatment before/after images

Before (left) and after (right) leg vein treatment

About the Procedure
Light or laser energy is delivered to the exact spot through a hand piece. The energy is absorbed by the blood vessels, causing them to coagulate and eventually be absorbed by the body. After the procedure you will be asked to wear support hose to keep pressure on the veins, to keep them closed and refrain from hot baths or any vigorous activities. Bruises usually disappear after a week and a tan or brown pigmentation may remain for several weeks. Final results may not be apparent for several months.

Considerations

  • Varicose veins may be a symptom of more serious vascular disorders and should be thoroughly examined by a doctor before any treatment is conducted.
  • While significant improvement is usually seen in two to three treatments, more may be needed, usually in six week intervals.

View a short animated video describing vein treatments.

Hair Removal

In times past, removal of unwanted hair meant painful electrolysis, repeated use of creams or hot wax treatments. And nobody likes shaving, especially in areas where the skin is already sensitive. The Intense Pulse Light (IPL) process is gentle, safe, fast and allows a longer time between treatments. The patented method uses intense pulsed light energy in a wide beam to cover more areas at one time. That saves you time and money.

Intense Pulsed Light hair removal before/after image

Before (left) and after (right) IPL hair removal

About the Procedure 
There are no needles involved here and unlike traditional laser hair removal, IPL works on most skin colors without removing any pigmentation and there is less chance of scarring. It is also effective in removing pigmented hair in any location on the body. Because the process is gentle, it can be used in sensitive areas without affecting the surrounding skin.

Despite what you may have heard, removing hair doesn’t make it grow back faster or thicker. In fact, with the IPL method hair tends to return thinner and more slowly.

Considerations

  • Four to six treatments may be needed to achieve best results.

  • The number of treatments necessary depends on an individual’s hair density and its growth cycle.

  • Other factors influencing hair condition and growth are a person’s age, ethnicity, hormones, diet, metabolism and medications.

  • The length of each treatment also depends on the size of the area involved.

View a short animated video describing laser hair removal.

Contact Us

OMC's plastic surgery department can be reached Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except on holidays), at:

tel: 507.529.6740 

fax: 507.529.6741

Mailing address:

Olmsted Medical Center
Attn: Plastic Surgery 
1650 Fourth Street SE 
Rochester, MN 55904

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