Who is a good candidate for IPL for Spider Veins?
Intense pulsed light treatments are ideal for individuals with light to medium complexions looking to improve fine lines, wrinkles, skin tone, sun damage, vascular lesions, or capillary inflammation. Because of the multiple wavelengths used during an IPL treatment, it can be adjusted for a spectrum of skin tones. However, fair skin that is relatively elastic and “freckle-prone” shows the greatest improvement.
- Overall healthy patients who desire treatment of spider veins, also known as telangiectasia
- Patients with varicose veins are not good candidates for IPL, they can benefit from surgery, sclerotherapy or endovenous LASER also known as EVLT
What are IPL for Spider Veins contraindications?
We recommend avoiding the procedure in severe or uncontrolled systemic diseases, connective tissue
disease, malignancy, unrealistic expectations, local skin pathology and
Note: A contraindication is a condition or factor that serves as a reason to withhold a certain medical treatment due to the harm that it would cause the patient.
How is this procedure performed?
A treatment with the MedPulse IPL or Intense pulsed light is a non-invasive, non-ablative treatment that delivers high-intensity light into the deeper layers of the skin to improve fine lines and wrinkles, vascular lesions, redness, broken capillaries, and sun spots. The range and wavelength of the light emitted during the treatment can be adjusted to accommodate your specific skin needs and concerns.
Intense pulsed light treatments are not entirely pain-free, although the level of discomfort depends upon your individual threshold for pain. It is common for a topical numbing cream to be applied before treatment to reduce the sensation that is often compared to the snapping of a rubber band on the skin.
- Certain IPL filters are used to achieve the desired wavelength based on the treatment goal. The IPL waves penetrate into the dermis of the skin without affecting the superficial layer. The energy is then absorbed by the target tissue.
- The light energy produces heat causing collapse and obliteration of the veins which eventually fade away.
- Multiple treatments might be needed.
How long does the effect last?
The effect is expected to be permanent, however new spider veins can develop.
What should I expect during recovery?
- Recovery is fast after IPL and patients can immediately resume regular activities.
- Some redness, skin sensitivity and swelling can occur during recovery which last for a few hours to a few days.
- Avoid sun exposure and hot showers after IPL.
- Skin moisturizers are commonly used after IPL treatments.
Where is the scar?
There are no incisions or scars. However scarring is an uncommon complication that can occur after the procedure.