Broken Capillaries and Redness on Dark Skin, Which Laser is Best?

Hello, I want to know which Laser can be used to treat broken capillaries and redness on dark skin ? I know that the YAG Laser is safe for dark skin in Hair Removal, but can it also remove broken capillaries /redness on dark skin too ?

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Nd:YAG laser (1064nm) for capillaries in dark skin

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The Nd:YAG laser at 1064 nm is used for hair removal and vascular lesions and capillaries in dark skin. It works well but go to an experienced laser practitioner for best results as can be a little tricky.

Boca Raton Plastic Surgeon
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Effective Lasers for Broken Capillaries

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Thank you for your question. The YAG is good for individual vessels, but for diffuse redness on dark skin, the Vbeam Perfecta is usually the gold standard, but it too has a limit on how dark the skin may be  for safe treatment.   Be certain to be under the supervision of a board certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon with expertise in laser surgery and ethnic skin for the most effective and safe treatments. I hope this helps.

Broken Capillaries and Redness on Dark Skin

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There are a variety of lasers that can work. However, treating dark skin can be tricky so ensure that you are going to an experienced and expert laser specialist.

Kris M. Reddy, MD, FACS
West Palm Beach Plastic Surgeon
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Laser and Dark Skin

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Laser on dark skin should be addressed by a Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon who performs laser on a regular basis.  There are many types of lasers used for different problems.  Consult with your Board Certified Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon to discuss your best option.

Robert E. Zaworski, MD
Atlanta Plastic Surgeon
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IPL and the 1064 nm for dark skin

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Small blood vessels on darker skinned patients become a problem when the wrong laser is chosen. The KTP and the pulsed dye laser work great on lighter skinned individuals but may not be the first choice for darker skin.  The 1064 nm laser can be used here, although it may take additional treatments to get the desired effect since the hemoglobin absorption in that wavelength is not as good as the other devices.  And the IPL can also be used, be skilled individuals.

Michael Gold, MD
Nashville Dermatologic Surgeon
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Patients with darker skin must be careful when selecting laser treatments.

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Patients with darker skin must be careful when selecting a laser treatment.  This is where a consultation with a knowledgeable provider is key to make sure that you not only get the results that you want, but avoid the possible complications as well.

Richard H. Fryer, MD
Salt Lake City Plastic Surgeon
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Best Laser for Broken Capillaries and redness on Dark Skin

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The 1064 Nd:YAG laser is quite effective for permanent laser hair reduction as well as treatment of vascular lesions in dark skin.

Be sure that you discuss your goals and concerns with your cosmetic surgeon.

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