Laser Vascular Lesion Removal
Elite+ Treatments for Facial & Leg Veins
What causes facial and leg veins to appear?
Visible facial & leg veins (also known as spider veins and varicose veins) form when blood is prevented from flowing normally. Your heart pumps blood filled with oxygen and nutrients through your arteries to your entire body. Veins then carry the blood to different parts of your body back to your heart. Normally, the veins have valves that act as one-way flaps. If these valves do not close correctly, blood can leak back into the lower part of the vein, rather than flowing toward the heart. Over time, more blood collects in the vein, and as pressure builds, the walls of the vein are weakened. This causes the vein to grow larger and become visible. At Fresh Canvas, we use Cynosure’s non-invasive Elite+ laser system to treat facial and leg veins.
How does the Elite+ laser work?
Unsightly spider and varicose veins on the face and legs are no match for the Elite+ laser. Using its 1064nm Nd:YAG wavelength, it is particularly effective at treating purple, red and blue veins. Nd:YAG uses selective light that targets the blood inside your veins. Once the light is absorbed by the blood in the vein, it gets heated up and causes the veins to shrink and eventually fade. Essentially, Elite+ coagulates the vessels and causes them to retreat from the skin’s surface.* The result is smoother, clearer, and younger-looking skin.
What should I expect during treatment?
The Elite+ laser system can be used on all skin types, and is an effective treatment for nearly everyone. During the procedure, you lie will down on a treatment table and a gel will be applied to the areas that we’ll treat. The gel will act as a safety barrier between the laser and your skin. You will also be asked to wear protective goggles for additional safety. We will then use a hand piece to move the laser up and down the targeted area until it is completely covered. Patients often describe the feeling of the laser to be similar to a rubber band snapping against their skin. Elite+’s built-in cooling system helps us to deliver targeted laser energy to your skin without overheating its surface. Treatment times will vary from patient-to-patient, but on average, it takes between 15 and 30 minutes.
What should I expect from the results?
After one treatment, you should notice improvements to your face and legs. Many patients only require a few treatments to achieve their desired results. It is also possible that some of the veins will disappear after one treatment, while others may turn slightly grey or purple. This colour change usually fades 10-14 days after treatment. During your initial consultation, we can determine the number of treatments you will need. On Average 3-5 treatments, at 3-4 week intervals, are needed to achieve the desired aesthetic result.
It is important to note that the Elite+ laser is not a cure for vein disease. Spider veins are generally progressive. But some patients may experience spontaneous stabilization of their condition in the early stages of treatment.* If you come in during the early stages of the disease, Elite+ may prevent the progression and cause regression of the underlying disease process.
Before & Afters