Frequently Asked Questions
  • LASER TREATMENT IS NOT SUITABLE IF YOU…

    Are pregnant or breastfeeding
    Have taken a drug called Roaccutane in the past 12 months
    Have a history of keloid scarring or abnormal wound healing
    Have fake tan applied within the past 2 weeks
    Are taking medications or have a medical condition that causes increased sensitivity to light
    Have a pacemaker or internal defibrillator
    Have tattoos or permanent makeup in the treatment area
    Have an active infection at the site of treatment
    Have active cold sores at time of treatment
    Have excessively tanned skin from the sun
    Have an impaired immune system due to immunosuppressive diseases or medications
    Are taking strong blood thinning medications
    Have metal or other implants in the treatment area
    Have a disease which may be stimulated by light such as Epilepsy, Pyphoria and Systemic Lupus Erythematous
  • WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A VASCULAR LASER TREATMENT?

    Our laser practitioners will perform an initial constellation to assess your suitability for laser treatment. You may be able to have treatment on the same day however in some cases you may need to wait a week or two to prepare your skin before treatment. During treatment you will be reclined or lying down and you will wear protective eye shields. Your practitioner will set laser parameters according to your specific skin type and the skin condition being treated and will talk you through the process. The heat from the laser pulses may be slightly uncomfortable during and immediately following treatment however discomfort is significantly reduces using our specialised cooling device.

  • HOW DO I PREPARE FOR TREATMENT?

    You should avoid skin irritation or intentional tanning. Avoiding the sun for 4-6 weeks before treatment is recommended. Tanning creams and spray tans should also be avoided. Treatment of tanned skin may cause blistering or possible pigmentation changes so we cannot treat you while you have a tan. Vitamin A creams and serums should be discontinued 1 week before treatment. If you are on any medications please inform your practitioner – non-especial blood thinners may be stopped 1-2 weeks before treatment to minimise risk of bruising.

  • HOW LONG DOES TREATMENT TAKE AND HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL I NEED?

    Vascular laser treatment can take anywhere from 5 minutes to an hour depending on how many vessels and areas are being treated. Depending on the size and number of veins, 2-6 treatments will be needed. The treatments are usually performed between 2-6 weeks apart depending on vessels being treated. Those with a tendency towards vascular problems will most likely require additional treatments.

  • IS THERE ANY DOWNTIME AFTER VASCULAR TREATMENT?

    Straight after treatment you will feel warmth in the skin and the skin may be red for a few hours. In some cases redness may persist for 24-48 hours. Soon after the procedure, you may feel a slight bump on the skin; it should disappear within hours after treatment. Leg veins or larger vessels may appear bruised or darker red following treatment and this discolouration will fade over the next few weeks.

  • DO I NEED TO TAKE ANY PRECAUTIONS AFTER TREATMENT?

    After laser therapy, it is strongly recommended that you avoid the sun completely to reduce hyperpigmentation. You must wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30+ we recommend Medik8 and Alpha H sunscreens, which are available in clinic. If you are experiencing discomfort ice may be applied. Avoid strenuous exercise or excessive hot showers for 48 hours after treatment. Your practitioner may recommend longer depending on the vessels being treated. If leg veins have been treated healing and discomfort can be facilitated by wearing compression stockings and elevating your legs. If you are being treated for general redness or rosacea we highly recommend Medik8 anti redness ‘calmwise’ range of products for ongoing skin maintenance.

  • WHAT ARE THE POTENTIAL SIDE EFFECTS OF VASCULAR LASER?

    Side effects of vascular laser are usually mild and generally fully resolve however in rare cases there can be more serious complications. There is a possibility of short-term side effects such as redness, mild burning, temporary bruising, swelling and temporary discolouration of the skin. In very rare cases there may be blistering, scarring and permanent discolouration. Changes in pigmentation (lightening and darkening) are more common in olive or darker complexions or those who are tanned. Risks can be minimised by following appropriate before and after care and using cooling devices during treatment.

  • IS THIS TREATMENT PERMANENT?

    This is a really good question and one we get asked all the time about all kinds of cosmetic treatments. It’s fair to say that nothing is permanent in cosmetic medicine because our face and body age regardless of what treatments we have to improve or enhance our appearance. Keeping ourselves looking youthful can be a constant job, we women call it Maintenance! Getting rid of veins, whether big or tiny, or on your face or legs, is a bit like using permanent hair colour to cover up your grey hairs – you may have died one lot of grey hairs permanently but new ones keep popping up – damn it! When we laser veins we actually trace them with the intense but perfectly directed thermal light from the laser point beam, this causes the blockage of blood that has filled the burst looking vein to be liquified. The amazing thing about our Gentle Max Laser is its ability to not damage any surrounding skin in the process – that’s super smart and super safe technology for you! Once the laser has cauterised that section of the burst vein wall and the dead blood cells within in it, our body sends in clean up cells, called macrophages to break down the debris and take it away! Yay for Macrophages! This cleaning up process can take a few weeks to complete, and sometimes we need a second or third treatment over that same site to thoroughly eliminate that section of burst plumbing, so to speak. Once that section of busted vein or capillary are destroyed that’s it – they’re gone! But, like the ‘grey hair’ scenario, sometimes other veins and capillaries fill as our vein walls age or are constantly put under more pressure, from standing or having babies or genetics for example, they become more fragile they can burst in other places. So, although lasering the problem veins is permanent, maintenance for some people can mean a yearly appointment to clean up new ones that may appear. It’s good to note that not everyone needs repeat treatments, especially with Mr Accurate – Gentle Max!

*Results and longevity of treatments vary on an individual basis and can be dependant on a person’s age, genetics, skin type, skin condition, environmental factors and lifestyle habits. Just like ageing is a natural process that occurs over time, preventing, achieving and maintaining results is also a gradual process that may involve more than one treatment.