Vascular Lasers

As we age, the skin becomes thinner and surface blood vessels (broken capillaries) may be seen. These first broken capillaries are seen around the nose and may progress to involve the cheeks, chin, chest, etc.

–532 nm KTP laser: This laser traces individual blood vessels and is very effective. Because it only treats the select broken blood vessels, it has minimal risk for burns, scars or discoloration. Caution should be used in dark skin and you should ask your doctor to perform a “test spot.”

–595 nm PDL laser: This laser is the most effective for targeting blood vessels. Not only is it used for broken capillaries, it is used for red blood vessel growths (angiomas), and even blood vessel birthmarks in babies (hemangiomas and vascular malformations). Again, caution should be used in darker ethnic skin as this laser may lead to temporary discoloration.

–1064 nm Nd:Yag laser: This laser is the safest for targeting blood vessels with minimal risks if used properly. However, it may require more treatments than the 532 or 595 nm lasers.