I have spider veins on my shoulders and back and some pinkness and redness on my nose and cheeks. What treatment should I get?
Treatment for Spider Veins and Redness?
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Spider veins and telangiectasias on the shoulders
Long pulse KTP or Nd YAG lasers can be used successfully for facial telangiectasias.
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Pinkness, Redness and Spider Veins
For diffuse pinkness or redness on the face, especially with no distinct vessels, I think a series (3-5) of IPL treatments on the face would be great. For the spider veins on the shoulders and back (difficult to say for sure without seeing you but...) you could use Nd:YAG laser, Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL), KTP laser or IPL. Always best to get a face to face consult for the best options but know there are a number of options available to you.
PDL, IPL for redness and spider veins; Laser Genesis for redness
Fortunately, there are several lasers and light-based devices that can treat spider veins or broken capillaries. Among these are Pulsed dye lasers (PDL) which may require 2-3 treatments one month apart. For more involved areas with diffuse redness, intense pulsed light devices (IPL) are often more helpful because they tend to be able to treat a larger area more rapidly, but may also require 3-4 treatments.
Another option for the treatment of pinkness and redness on the cheeks and nose without discrete blood vessels is a non-ablative rejuventating treatment known as Laser genesis, using a 1064 nm Nd:Yag device. This treatment works by heating the skin which stimulates the formation of collagen, which also helps to subtly reduce fine lines and wrinkles in addition to reducing rednesss.