How Does The Laser Work?
A laser generates and intense beam of light that can selectively target a treatment site. The laser light is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin (bright red blood cells carrying oxygen) and melanin (black or brown pigment found in the skin) causing decomposition or destruction by heat of unwanted cells while leaving healthy cells intact.
Will It Hurt?
Treatment may vary depending upon the patient characteristics and the area being treated. An individual treatment program will be developed by your physician. Treatment sessions typically take 10-15 minutes. Patients are advised to remove make-up in the treatment area and to avoid tanning prior to scheduling a treatment.
You will be places in a reclined position and asked to wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the intense beam of laser light. The doctor will use a pen-like handpiece to direct the beam of laser light to the lesion. Some patients report feeling of slight stinging sensation during treatment so a cooling gel or system may be used to help alleviate and discomfort.
How Will I Look After The Treatment?
Some redness may occur in the treatment area immediately following treatment; however, it should subside within several hours. Some swelling may also be experiences and will go away in 1-2 days. Unlike older technologies, VariLite treatment will not cause any purple skin discoloration or bruised appearance to the treated skin.
Postoperative care is minimal. Your doctor may has you to use an anti-bacterial ointment on the treated area for a short period of time and will suggest that you stay out of the sun during the healing process.
Final treatment results should be evident 10-14 days after treatment for vascular lesions and within 2-3 weeks after treatment for pigmented lesions. In the meantime, normal activities can be resumed with only a slight redness evident at the treatment area.