Blood traveling through the arteries is generally oxygenated, moving from the heart to the rest of the body. Veins take the blood back to the heart to be oxygenated.
Veins aren’t as strong as arteries because they do not have to bear the force of the heart. As a result, vein walls are weaker and can collapse. The valves in the veins may also allow blood to pool in specific areas when they don’t close all the way, and because the surrounding walls are weak, this may expand the size of the vein – which is how spider veins and varicose veins occur.
ClearScan YAG Overview
ClearScan YAG’s 1064 nm ND-YAG wavelength and pulse duration are unmatched for permanent hair reduction and vascular lesions from telangiectasias to reticular leg and facial veins.
The selective 1064 nm wavelength has strong absorption in oxyhemoglobin and melanin, resulting in selective heating of veins and hair follicles, which produces excellent clinical results. The powerful contact cooling enables treatments to be safe for all skin types and tanned skin.
ClearScan YAG’s large area pattern generator (LAPG), fast speed, non-sequential scanning, powerful cooling, and flat-top beam profile provide optimal results and patient comfort during the procedure.
Spider veins exist closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins and are smaller, appearing as unsightly blemishes. Because they are dark, many find them difficult to conceal and can be embarrassing. Think they're a lost cause? Not with the Sciton ND-YAG Laser and The Medlite C6, some of the most advanced lasers and pulsed light platforms for Laser Vein Removal at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic!
Toronto Cosmetic Clinic's Laser Vein Removal procedure with the Sciton ND-YAG Laser and The Medlite C6 is a simple cosmetic procedure to eliminate those ugly blemishes permanently. Spider veins disappear, leaving your skin flawless as it's meant to be.
ClearScan YAG is FDA cleared for permanent hair reduction and treating vein and vascular conditions:
Benign vascular lesions, port wine stains, hemangiomas, warts, telangiectasia, rosacea, venous lake, leg veins and spider veins.
The PhotoAcoustic energy of the MedLite C6 can also be used to treat vascular lesions including facial veins. Working along the same principle, the PhotoAcoustic waves collapse the tiny veins and they disappear.
The result is a clearer, healthier-looking complexion.
After The Laser Spider Vein Removal Cosmetic Procedure
The appearance of treated vessels will change shades, turning from blue and purple into light red, then eventually disappearing in two to six weeks. Within a few hours following the procedure, bulging vessels or any inflammation will disappear.
Like many procedures involving heat, protection from the sun is highly recommended after a laser spider vein removal procedure at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic. Medication containing Aspirin® should be avoided. An additional one to three laser spider vein removal treatments can be scheduled six weeks apart to treat new spider veins. Those with a tendency towards vascular problems will most likely require additional treatments.
Spider Vein Prevention
Spider veins (Telangectasias) are formed when blood is not pumped correctly through an area and ends up pooling back to the vein. They usually occur around the nose, behind the knees and down the back of the legs. The legs are especially prone to spider veins, as they have a harder time to work against gravity to pump blood back up through the veins. There are various factors that play a part to the contribution of spider veins, such as genetics, hormones, weight, age and gender, however there are some tips you can take into preventing them:
- Avoid prolonged sitting and standing.
- Avoid tight socks and knee high nylons, as these can block the movement of blood up the leg.
- Avoid wearing high heeled shoes (above 1.5 inches) on a daily basis. This prevents your calf muscle to properly contract and therefore direct the flow of blood back to the heart.
- Crossing your legs for long periods interrupts the blood flow from your heart to your legs.
- Eat less salt! Salt causes our body to retain water, which expands blood vessel walls and subsequently weakens them.
It is key to note the difference between Spider Veins and Varicose Veins. Varicose veins are larger, bulkier and more apparent.They can also be a detriment to your health if not treated properly, as it can hinder blood flow to the rest of the body. Toronto Cosmetic Clinic treats spider veins through the use of Sciton: ND-YAG’s component (1064 wavelength).
What are Lesions?
Aging, the elements, genetics and other factors can be detrimental to anyone's complexion. With time, the skin can be damaged, resulting in unsightly lesions that are difficult to hide.
The definition of lesion is quite broad. Generally, they are defined as tissue on the body that is considered abnormal. Lesions arise from damage afflicted to healthy tissue, whether it be by trauma, disease or other. They greatly vary in appearance. Lesions can be visibly present or take the shape of a hole that does not normally exist at the site.
At Toronto Cosmetic Clinic, two types of lesions can be treated: pigmented and vascular.
Pigmented lesions are concentrations of melanin in the skin. They can be of any size or shape and may also be slightly elevated on the skin's surface. Some of the most common of all pigmented lesions are freckles, solar lentigines (liver spots and sun spots) and cafe au lait spots. These are all considered to be benign.
Freckles are most commonly the result of genetics or sun exposure. Freckles caused by sunburns have irregular borders and are typically darker brown than those that are caused by genetics.
Solar lentigines are usually caused by excessive sun exposure, therefore they appear on areas of the body that are frequently exposed to the sun such as the face, hands, shoulders and arms. They can be of any colour from light brown to black.
Cafe au lait spots are light brown, flat and larger in size than other types of pigmented lesions. They are usually classified as a type of birthmark because they exist at birth. However, some may appear with age or with the development of the disease neurofibromatosis. Cafe au lait spots that appear as an indication of neurofibromatosis are generally larger and appear at a greater frequency on the body (totaling more than 6).
Toronto Cosmetic Clinic has the ability to reduce or eliminate the appearance of pigmented lesions with The StarLux™ 500, fitted with the LuxG™ Pulsed Light Handpiece, or the MedLite® C6 Laser, and Sciton BBL. A complimentary consultation with a patient consultant is required prior to undergoing treatment in order to ensure that any lesion treated is benign, is not an indication of something serious, and can be effectively removed/reduced.
Vascular lesions are abnormal blood vessels on the body or face. They can be large and overgrown, or be a multitude of small blood vessels in one area. Some common vascular lesions are broken capillaries and spider veins.
Vascular lesions can be treated at Toronto Cosmetic Clinic with The StarLux™ 500, fitted with the LuxG™ Pulsed Light Handpiece, the MedLite® C6 Laser, and Sciton BBL. Consultation with a patient consultant will determine which system is the most appropriate for you.