For some years I've been somewhat self-conscious...
For some years I've been somewhat self-conscious about the "spider veins" (telangiectasias) below my nostrils and on my cheeks. While mine were very mild compared to many other people, using concealer only partially masked the problem -- and then for only minutes, as my complexion is very oily.
Cutera laser was used (I believe it was the Excel V; nd: YAG). Mostly, I couldn't even describe the sensation as "uncomfortable". It was more of a sensation than anything else, resembling a momentary sharp snap of a rubber band. Only 1-3 pulses of the many done could be described as even slightly painful. Jauna commented that individuals respond widely in their tolerance, and that for some people can be actually quite painful. My face was flushed & minimally puffy in the treatment areas -- it resembled sun or wind-burn -- when I departed the office. Even that faded within 1-2 hours.
I was beyond thrilled with the results that day -- and now 72 hours later, am even more thrilled. The telangiectasias under both nostrils were GONE before I left the office. I still can't believe it. The other veins are also gone, with the exception of the largest one on my right cheek -- and that is well on its way to disappearing, just as Joauna predicted. My only regret is waiting to have this done. Joanna said that she hears this frequently. I simply had NO idea that obliterating those pesky veins could be so easy, so comfortable, and so cost-effective. I didn't think to take any "before" pics.
The charge was $100 / 15 minutes. Fifteen minutes were all that was needed, and multiple treatments will clearly not be necessary. My procedure went so rapidly that Jauna ended up zapping other veins on my chin because there was still time remaining of the 15" predicted for my procedure.
Side note: Jauna advised no cardio or weights, etc. for 48 hours following the procedure as that could undo the results. Walking is OK. Of course, I followed her advice.
Even more improvement
The "broken capillary" (telangiectasia) on my right check continued to visibly improve by the day, and was 100% resolved within 2 weeks of the above laser treatment (Cutera Excel; nd: YAG). Telangiectasia under my nostrils are showing the slightest hint of re-developing, but are only visible via close inspection with 10x magnification. Because nares telangiectasia have an arterial (as well as venous) component, this is not uncommon, nor especially surprising. Even if new nares "broken capillaries" recur, I doubt they would be as noticeable as before. And, because of my extremely positive initial experience, I now would not hesitate to obtain another laser treatment -- the ease, safety, efficacy, and very reasonable cost make it no-brainer. I remain totally thrilled.
only 1 mild recurrence, 2 months later
One telangiectasia has re-developed over the past few weeks under my right nostril -- which is no surprise, understanding the type of vessels that are in that area & their tendency to recur. The one re-developed "broken capillary" is extremely tiny however & I would probably be the only person to be aware of it. I feel no need to use concealer, the way I did pre-treatment.
I remain highly satisfied with my results & feel exactly the same way I did in my earlier posts. Other areas have not shown even the slightest hint of re-developing unsightly vasculature. Below is a photo taken today. Because I do not have a macro lens, I doubt if much will be visible photographically. Circled areas were the regions treated in Dec. 2014.