What is the normal postoperative course?
Some patients may experience bruising or minor irritation of the skin at the site of laser treatment, which is adequately treated by the use of a topical application such as aloe vera gel. This bruising or skin irritation subsides within a few days.
What precautions should I take after laser treatment?
Extremes of temperature such as a very hot bath and shower or very cold water should be avoided, as this can be slightly uncomfortable. Patients are also instructed to avoid exposure to direct sunlight.
What can I realistically expect from laser treatment?
The first treatment is usually a test patch to see if the vascular blemish will respond well to the laser. If this treatment is successful than most patients require between three and six and sometimes up to ten treatment sessions to see a significant change. These changes brought about by a reduction in the total number of blood vessels through which blood can flow in the area of the blemish.
Are there any complications from laser treatment?
Patients of Asian or Afro-Caribbean extraction may see long-standing changes in the pigmentation of the skin around the hair follicles. The skin may become permanently hypopigmented or hyperpigmented although this is unusual.
The vascular blemish or thread veins can recur especially in the legs due to the pressure of the column of blood in the veins when standing although this is uncommon.