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Varicose veins result from the enlargement of capillaries and veins especially in the face and legs, and are seen in 15% of the population. Individuals may be displeased with the appearance of capillaries, which become more prominent with the effect of sun rays and cause a red appearance on the skin.
What Is A Capillary?The veins in the most superficial layer of the skin are called capillaries. As the capillaries are located in the top layer, they become visible on the skin surface as a result of various factors. Although enlarged or broken capillaries can occur all over the body, they have been observed to appear most often in the face and legs. Broken capillaries in the face cause redness as well as a veiny appearance. These broken capillaries and redness cause people to be dissatisfied with their appearance and have aesthetic concerns. The visible capillaries in the legs usually occur due to deformations. Capillary problems in the legs are more common in people who have to be standing up for prolonged times.
Environmental factors can also cause capillary problems. Long-term sun exposure, hormone therapy, use of contraceptive pills, cortisone creams and certain diseases may trigger capillary problems. Additionally, capillaries may expand due to aging and genetics.
What is Laser Capillary Treatment?Capillary problems that occur on the face or in many other parts of the body are treated with laser in a comfortable way. The application is very comfortable and problem-free for the patient. Anesthesia is not required for the treatment as this procedure does not cause pain or aching.
Capillary treatment with laser application affects the substance in blood called oxyhemoglobin. This substance is heated during laser treatment. With the excessive heating of the blood flowing in them, the veins begin to erode and disappear over time. The diameter of the vessel is directly proportional to the amount of blood, and therefore, the amount of oxyhemoglobin. Therefore, large-diameter veins can be treated much more easily than small-diameter veins.
Efficient results are obtained with laser treatments in dark purple and dark blue capillaries smaller than 3 millimeters in diameter, and dark blue or dark red blood vessels. However, it is more difficult to achieve results in very light red or pink veins, and the number of sessions needed is increased.
How Is the Procedure Carried Out?
After consultation with dermatologists, a treatment plan is determined for the capillary problem. A laser and a laser probe are selected by the dermatologist depending on the shape and color of the capillaries and the skin structure. Features and properrties of these lasers and probes vary depending on the structure of the capillaries.
How Many Sessions Are Required?
Some capillaries disappear immediately during the procedure, and some disappear within 4 to 8 weeks following the darkening of their colour. Generally, one or two sessions of laser capillary treatment is sufficient. However, the duration of the treatment and the number of sessions may vary among individuals.
What Measures Should Be Taken After the Procedure?
It is important that the skin is not exposed to sunlight after the treatment because exposure to intense sunlight after laser capillary treatment can cause peeling on the skin surface. Therefore, the use of sunscreen after the treatment is important to maintain a healthy skin. In addition, sunbeds are not recommended after treatment.
After the treatment, it is necessary to avoid very hot showers.
People with sensitive skin may experience side effects such as crusting and redness after treatment, but these effects are transient and last a short while.
People of all genders, except for those with vascular disease, bleeding, or scarring problems, can get laser treatment for capillaries.
It does not interfere with social life, the person can resume their daily activities after the procedure.
The results of the treatment are usually visible within 2 to 4 weeks as it takes a long time for the body to eliminate the capillaries. Capillaries with smaller diameters tend to disappear immediately during treatment, but this varies from patient to patient.
Treated varicose veins and broken or enlarged capillaries do not reappear, but there is always the possibility that new ones will occur. Therefore, if new broken or enlarged capillaries appear on the skin surface, it is necessary to repeat the treatment or apply a maintenance treatment once every two years.