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 Am I Eligible for Laser Vein Treatment?

 Am I Eligible for Laser Vein Treatment?

Strawberry marks, salmon patches, café au lait spots, and port-wine stains are some endearing nicknames for birthmarks. Although birthmarks are common — about 10% of the general population is born with one — if you are among the adults whose birthmark didn’t fade over time, you are all too aware that these anomalies are anything but endearing.

It’s not too bad if your birthmark is located where your clothes easily cover it. But if your birthmark is on your face, neck, or legs, making it less prominent and in your face becomes a major preoccupation. It’s just so embarrassing.

If only there were an easy way to remove it that didn’t require an invasive procedure. Well, actually there is, says Laurie Glodowski, laser treatment specialist at Generations Family Practice Wellness Center in Cary, North Carolina. Think laser treatment.

Birthmarks and problematic veins

Let’s unpack this topic by first explaining what birthmarks are in the first place so that we can better understand the treatment process. Surprisingly, birthmarks (sometimes called vascular lesions) and other discolorations and anomalies aren’t skin problems, but rather vascular and vein problems.

Mostly, birthmarks are a visual nuisance and don’t cause pain. However, some birthmarks can put you at a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Birthmarks are divided into two main types — vascular and pigmented.

Vascular birthmarks occur at birth, or shortly afterward, because blood vessels don’t form correctly. Salmon patch, port-wine stains, and a raised bright red spot called hemangioma are examples of vascular birthmarks. Like its name sounds, pigmented birthmarks are a cluster of malformed cells, called melanocytes. Under normal circumstances melanocyte cells are simply responsible for creating skin color.

Other vascular or problematic veins that can lead to unsightly, embarrassing issues are red or purplish blood vessels or spider veins. As its name refers, spider veins look like spider webs. They appear closer to the skin and are generally found on the feet and legs.

Taking the first step to the best you ever

Despite whether you have a birthmark or another type of problematic vein issue, the first step to banishing your issue is a consultation. Here at Generations Family Practice Wellness Center our team uses this appointment to figure out if you’re a good candidate for laser treatment.

We’ll take a look at your personal and family medical history, perform a thorough physical examination of your spider veins or vascular lesions, and ask you about your treatment goals. This assessment helps determine the best course of action for optimal outcomes and a road map for a personalized treatment plan. If we deem you to be a good candidate for laser treatment, you’ll make an appointment for treatment.

Noninvasive laser treatment for optimal results

Laser treatment for birthmarks, spider veins, and other vein problems is a viable option for patients who want optimal results, but don’t want to undergo an invasive procedure.

The way the treatment process plays out is we’ll provide you with some preprocedure recommendations, like no excessive sun exposure in the weeks leading up to your procedure. If you take some medications like retinoids or alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), you’ll need to stop taking them about a week before your procedure.

Your treatment appointment lasts under an hour and begins after your provider administers a local or topical anesthetic. Here at Generations Family Practice Wellness Center, we use the industry-leading Fotona laser systems to perform our procedures.

Using Fotona's uniquely designed handpiece, your provider glides the device over the treatment area, delivering controlled laser pulses into the skin layer. This noninvasive treatment method allows us to address the problematic veins without damaging the healthy surrounding area.

The laser energy deeply penetrates the skin. When the energy reaches the blood in the vein, it’s converted into heat and ultimately destroys the vein walls. After treatment, your immune system clears away the dead tissue and heals it like it does with a bruise. Since treatment is so precise and targeted, there’s no skin damage or scarring.

You can finally say goodbye to unsightly birthmarks and problematic veins and hello to the best you ever. If you have birthmarks, vascular lesions, or spider veins, and want to learn if laser vein treatment is right for you, book a free consultation at Generations Family Practice Wellness Center. Contact us by calling 984-228-1521 or request a visit online today.

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