Angiomas, campbell de morgan spots thread veins or other red spot removal is performed with one of our vascular lasers, our hyfrecator or a radiofrequency device.
Procedure For Red Spot Removal Laser
Patient is to arrive with no makeup and no history of use of self tan/ spray tan for at least 2 weeks.
The doctor will take a history:
- skin type and tanning
- previous treatments and their success, complications etc
- discussion of desired outcome
- Assess risk of PIH
Doctor will examine the patient
If the patient is Fitzpatrick 1-2 (fair skinned) then they may be able to go ahead with the laser treatment on the day. If they are darker skin toned or at risk for PIH (Post inflammatory Pigmentation) then they may be advised to use topical lightening agents for several weeks prior to treatment. These topical agents are sold at our clinic.
Photographs will be taken
There is opportunity to ask the doctor questions about the procedure
Consent form will be given to the patient with a discussion of risks, benefits, pros and cons of the treatment. If the patient signs the consent form, the procedure will go ahead.
The appointment is 30 minutes
The patient will lay on the treatment bed
All makeup will be cleansed off the face.
Goggles will be worn by the patient to protect the eyes
Clear ultrasound gel may be applied to the areas to be treated.
The device will be used on each individual spot, multiple pulses may be required. The procedure is not painless, but most patients tolerate it very well. Numbing is not usually used
After the treatment, if used, the ultrasound gel is gently cleaned off the skin.
Immediately after the treatment
A sunburn-like feeling is common after treatment. This is normal
Sunscreen or makeup may be applied immediately after the treatment to the treated area.
The patient may purchase a soothing gel for post laser care.
What you should see on the skin after the treatment
Day 1 after red spot removal laser there may be redness in the treated area and darkening of the red spot, it may be purple or grey, or it may be gone completely.
Over the next few days the redness will reduce and the red spot may turn into a fine scab in the shape of the original spot. At approx day 7-14 days the “scab” will start to lift/ crumble revealing beautiful fresh skin underneath, or there may still be some of the lesion still apparent. If the lesion is still visible, you will need to have a second treatment
At home care after vascular laser
The sunburn-like feeling will last several hours and then nearly disappear.
Sun should be avoided. Be aware that while driving one is exposed to the sun
Sunscreen should be applied every morning and reapplied as often as is practical
A hat should be worn.
Soothing gel may be purchased from the clinic and used twice daily.
Do not use acid or antiaging face products for 2 weeks after treatment.
Do not pick the area if there is a scab
Please contact Dr if there is any blistering after the treatment. This is not normal and means that the power was too high. This requires treatment.
If you are at risk of PIH, the doctor may have given you instructions to buy some corticosteroid from the chemist to reduce the inflammation and lower your risk of PIH. This should be used for 7 days, twice daily. Your doctor may advise you to start your lightening agent again at day 7.
2-4 weeks later. Review appointment with the doctor
Results will be reviewed with the doctor. the 2nd treatment of vascular laser can be performed on this day if it is required.
After 2 treatments
95% of patients will be delighted after 1-2 treatments of red spot removal laser. The 5% who are not should have a 3rd treatment, minimum 14 days after treatment 2. This can occur when the red spot is very large.
- Facial Redness: nearly always occurs, should resolve within a few days
- Facial Swelling: this can occur especially in the under eye area is treated. This should resolve within the week.
- PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) ie the laser can cause areas of brown pigmentation due to inflammation and the patient’s susceptibility to this. It is less common in the lighter skin tones. Patients who are at risk for PIH are treated very differently to those who aren’t. Prevention is important, ie lightening is important, and steroids may be necessary after the treatment.
- Blistering: This is uncommon. If this occurs, the patient needs to call the doctor urgently
- Infection: The patient may notice a combination of the following: redness, tenderness, swelling, pain and pus. This needs to be treated urgently. The doctor must be contacted immediately
- Hypopigmentation/scarring: This is very uncommon, but possible if too high powers are used.
- Recurrence of removed red spots: This is rare, but if one is genetically predisposed to getting red spots, then it is likely that more will grow and regular treatment will be required
Cost of Red Spot Removal Laser
Please see our price page for all laser pricing