Visible capillaries and other blood vessels on the face can be cosmetically displeasing and distressing to patients. They are sometimes incorrectly referred to as “broken capillaries”, but they are not broken, just enlarged. They are more correctly called telangiectasia or spider veins. They can be caused by a variety of conditions, including genetics, trauma, sunburns, hormonal changes and rosacea. They share many characteristics with spider veins of the legs, and often people who have them on their face also have them on their legs. One popular treatment for facial veins is non-invasive laser therapy.
In cutera coolglide laser therapy, a laser is applied to the affected area. The energy of the laser is absorbed by the pigmented spider veins, causing them to coagulate and collapse. Once collapsed, the body’s healing processes will permanently remove them over the course of four to six weeks.
What is Cutera CoolGlide?
The Cutera CoolGlide is a special laser system that can treat both individual veins and larger areas of redness. It was originally developed for hair removal, but dermatologists have found that it is also safe and effective for the treatment of vascular conditions.
What to Expect
Many patients describe the Cutera CoolGlide under eyes sensation as a rubber band being snapped against the skin. The device uses special cooling technology to protect the skin’s surface from the laser while it treats the discolorations under the skin. After each treatment, patients can immediately return to their regular activities.
Over the next few weeks, the treated veins will gradually fade. For best results, patients should carefully protect their skin from the sun for at least three months after treatment. Most patients will need multiple treatments at six to eight-week intervals to achieve the desired effect.
Is it Permanent?
The treatment for each vein is permanent, but individuals prone to develop spider veins may develop new ones in the future. The treatment can always be performed again on new veins that form. Most patients do not experience any side effects.
Learn More About Cutera CoolGlide
For more information about Cutera CoolGlide, or to determine if this treatment can remove your facial veins, make an appointment at Bella Tu Med Spa in Nyack and Goshen. After a careful evaluation of your condition, our team of highly qualified professionals can help you decide if this treatment can benefit you. Contact us today to schedule your consultation to learn more.