I had 4 IPL (with Starlux) treatments on my nose for spider veins, with no results. What laser would you recommend to get rid of these spider veins on the nose? Thank you.
Laser Treatment for Spider Veins on Nose?
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Laser for blood vessels on the face
There are several lasers that may work for blood vessels on the face that are refractory to the IPL. These include:
1. Pulsed dye laser (v-beam)
2. Long-pulsed Nd:YAG laser
3. KTP 532 nm laser
4. Alexandrite laser
5. Diode laser (810 nm)
For larger blood vessels, the longer wavelength lasers such as the long-pulsed Nd:YAG may work better; otherwise, the V-beam pulsed-dye laser is excellent in general for vascular lesions.
Furthermore, if these blood vessels continue to be refractory, if they are large enough for injection, they can also be treated with sclerotherapy.
Spider veins on your nose
Cutera's Limelight with a combination of XEO Coolglide will absolutely improve and take away these broken capillaries that are so common. The treatment takes only a few minutes. There is no real downtime except for mild redness that lasts only a couple hours. Most patients with broken capillaries around the nose will usually have a few more on the cheeks or chin, and can be treated at the same. Also, most people don't realize that those annoying "red moles" or angiomas can be treated wtih the same laser.
Spider veins on the face are challenging problems
There is a myriad of laser systems that are effective in treating spider veins on the face. If they are too large for laser therapy, then a phlebologist, vein specialist, can make tiny puncture wounds and remove them. Caution should be exercised in certain parts of the face when sclerosant solutions are injected for risk of embolization injury and damage to neural structures and vision. Consult a dermatologist with experience in this area or a phlebologist for optimal care.
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We have had great results with the Cutera Coolglide, Limelight, the 532 KTP, and the Vbeam. In the right hands, all of the above do a good job.