Is it time to restore your skin to its youthful color and appearance? A gentle procedure performed in your doctor's office, ClearScan is a new laser therapy using infrared energy that allows your physician to precisely treat the following conditions for you:
All skin areas can be treated. Popular areas are the face, neck, chest and legs. Discuss your needs with your physician. The latest advances in laser technology have given us a method for removal that is safer, faster and more effective than previous methods.
What will the ClearScan laser do?
Your physician will use ClearScan to restore your skin's youthful appearance. Broken capillaries and other visible vascular structures will be gently eliminated from the visible layers of your skin's surface. Unwanted lesions will be preferentially heated by the laser energy and become less noticeable, some will disappear and pigmented lesions will greatly improve.
What will happen during the treatment?
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. ClearScan's laser beam will be delivered to the area of your skin being treated. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated.
You may briefly feel a warm or hot sensation as the laser pulses are preferentially absorbed in the unwanted vessels, heating and destroying them. Most people describe laser vein treatment as feeling like the snap of a rubber band against the skin. There is little to no discomfort, however this varies from patient to patient and depends on the depth of the treatment. You may be given a topical anesthetic cream to numb the area to be treated. Any discomfort can be eased with the application of cool compresses.
After treatment, you can immediately return to normal activities.
How long will it take me to recover?
Your healing time depends upon your actual treatment. Some temporary redness may be present in the area that has been treated, however, this should subside within a few hours. Your skin will have a pink or red color that will resolve over time.
You will need to avoid direct sun exposure, or use a sun block of at least SPF 15 when outdoors. There is virtually no recovery time and you may resume an active lifestyle immediately.
What aftercare will I need?
It is important to follow your physician's instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. This will minimize your risk for inflammation or redness and ensure the shortest response time. Any vessels or pigment denatured by the laser will be reabsorbed by your body over a period of time in a natural cleaning process. Most small capillaries will become invisible almost immediately since they will no longer contain blood flow.
Your skin will be sensitive to ultra-violet light and you must avoid direct sun exposure. Most of the conditions treated by the laser will have been caused by sun exposure, so avoiding sunlight will prolong your new youthful appearance. You need to cover your skin or use a good sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.
How soon will I see results? Are there any side effects?
Because laser vein treatment works by causing the unwanted vein to break up and dissolve, resolution of the unwanted vein takes place over the course of several weeks. The most common side effect is bruising around the treated area, which resolves within days of the treatment. Your doctor can discuss any other risks of laser surgery with you personally.
How many treatments are necessary?
Depending on the severity of the condition, multiple treatments may be required. Improvement generally lasts for several years, but over time new facial veins will develop, requiring a touch-up treatment at a later date.
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