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Laser Vein Removal

Many people from Collingwood, Orillia, Newmarket, Innisfil, and surrounding areas visit Spa Lumina for laser vein removal in Barrie, Ontario, because they are embarrassed by the appearance of spider veins on the face or legs. Spider veins are actually dilated or stretched blood vessels that appear on the legs, not "broken" blood vessels, as is commonly thought. Their precise cause is unknown, but it is thought that heredity, excessive standing, weight gain, hormonal changes and pregnancy may be some of the causes.

Laser technology has become an important factor in the treatment of vascular deformities such as hemangiomas, port wine stains, and spider veins. Most clients require 2 to 3 treatments spaced at 4-6 weeks apart. Laser vein removal can help to restore your skin to a more youthful appearance.

There are many benefits of laser removal of unwanted blood vessels. In general, larger areas can be treated with less discomfort than other procedures. While no procedure will completely eliminate all vascular lesions permanently, laser treatments tend to be the most successful (up to 90% of all lesions removable) and the most long lasting (up to two years).

In addition, Laser vein removal does not break the skin, meaning there is no need for bandages, tapes or support stockings. There is no down time, and people are able to return to full activities immediately after treatment.

Currently, cosmetic lasers are unlicensed in Canada. Anyone can legally perform the procedure. At Spa Lumina however, all laser vein treatments are performed by one of our doctors or our trained medical aestheticians/laser technicians. All clients will first be assessed by the doctor, to determine their suitability for laser treatments, and to have their laser settings personalized for their exact needs.

How does it work?

At Spa Lumina, we use only the best laser for vein removal. The Cutera Xeo laser is a noninvasive light therapy device specifically designed to eliminate undesired blood vessels from all parts of the body.

This laser energy passes through the skin to the blood vessels. There is then selective damage to the lining of the target blood vessel without damage to the surrounding tissues and skin. The destroyed blood vessels are reabsorbed by the body, and the flow of blood is directed back down into the deeper vessels, where it belongs.

The Cutera Xeo laser can be used just about anywhere on the body, and usually requires no anesthesia or other treatment. Even sensitive areas such as the nose and cheeks can be treated easily and with minimal discomfort. In Addition, the Cutera Xeo Laser is able to safely and effectively treat all people - including those with tanned, very dark or even skin type VI.

Typically, one or two treatments are needed for facial vessels; and three or four treatments may be needed on the legs. Treatments can be done every 4-6 weeks. Cherry hemangiomas (red dots on the body) usually only require one or two treatments.

You may feel a tingling or snapping sensation like a rubber band. There is no bleeding and no open wound is created. Many clients find that they have less discomfort if they shave the area to be treated at least a couple of hours BEFORE coming in for treatment, because freshly shaved skin is often somewhat less sensitive. People can be apprehensive before the first treatment, and so many do report that the first is somewhat more uncomfortable than subsequent treatments.

Occasionally there can be increased or decreased pigment in the treated area. This is seldom a major cosmetic problem, and generally resolves after several months. There usually is some short term redness and swelling. This subsides within a week. Bruising can occur occasionally when treating small (2-3 mm) veins. This is more of a nuisance than a major problem, and usually resolves within a few weeks without needing any treatment.

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