Do you have little vessels around your nose or cheeks that are difficult to cover with makeup? Telangiectasia and cherry angiomas are very common on the face and chest. They can enlarge or become more noticeable with certain foods like wine or cheese. They can be a sign of elevated blood pressure. They often start very small and can grow larger in size if left untreated. Vascular laser can eliminate those pesky little vessels. One or two treatments and vessels are closed permanently.
You may be spending a lot of money on skin care products that promise to take the redness out of your face. If redness is caused by tiny vessels at the skin surface, no amount of topical products will work. You may have been inaccurately diagnosed with rosacea when in fact what you have is tiny vascularities on your face.
The first step is to get an accurate assessment from someone who takes care of skin. A professional trained in plastic surgery or dermatology should be your first choice. If you get an opinion that you don’t feel confident about; get another one! You are paying that professional for their educated opinion and you are entitled to as many as you need.
The only way to permanently close these small vessels is with vascular laser. In the proper hands, this should be a simple, quick and easy procedure that takes a few minutes. No recovery time is necessary so you can do this on your lunch break. Small red “spots” often seen around the neck and chest can also be eliminated with one or two treatments
Before you let anyone point a laser at you, be sure you know what kind of credentials they have and how many patients they have treated. Vascular lasers can be dangerous and only licensed medical professionals (Physician Assistants, Nurse Practiones, MD) should be using them. In North Carolina the use of lasers is considered a surgical treatment and cannot be legally performed by anyone who does not have a medical license.
The type of laser used is also important. A vascular laser targets the hemoglobin in the vessel and not the surrounding skin. A laser that is used for tattoo removal or skin rejuvenation is not the best choice for treating vessels. Find a provider that has invested in a good machine that is designed for that specific purpose.
Don’t be afraid to sit outside in the heat while you enjoy your wine and cheese…………………………. Do your homework and find a provider who can safely remove those little vessels once and for all.
—-by Mary Lee Cudd, P.A.