When it comes to laser treatments, many people think primarily of wrinkles and sagging skin as well as hair removal. However, a laser can also be used for various skin changes. This includes spider veins and haemangiomas.
Haemangiomas are patches of skin with a bluish or reddish discolouration. They can be flat, but can also appear raised. They are an annoying blemish for many people who are affected by them. These spots are usually caused by proliferating blood vessels and are often genetic. To remove haemangiomas, we use the VersaPulse laser or sometimes a CO2 laser at the utoquai clinic.
Medical term: VersaPulse laser
Type of anaesthesia: none, local anaesthesia for larger haemangiomas
Duration of the procedure: 10–20 minutes
Clinic stay: outpatient
Follow-up treatment: possibly further sessions
Back to public: immediately
Back to work: immediately
Recovery period: none, but no exercising or sauna for three days
The VersaPulse laser is a medical laser that is used to treat various skin and tissue conditions. The special laser technology enables precise and targeted removal or destruction of tissue. Different wavelengths and configuration options allow the treatment to be tailored to the specific needs of the patient and the type of tissue to be treated.
The VersaPulse laser is an efficient treatment option for haemangiomas. The pulsed light of the laser is used for this purpose. The laser energy penetrates through the surface of the skin into the dilated blood vessel and obliterates it.
The VersaPulse laser is an effective treatment option for haemangiomas. The laser can also be used for:
First, we will schedule a personal consultation. During this appointment, we will also carry out a thorough examination to check whether the VersaPulse treatment is the best option for you. We will take the time to answer your questions and inform you of any potential risks.
Ideally, you should refrain from taking blood thinners for about a week before your treatment appointment. However, you should definitely discuss the discontinuation of such medication with your doctor. It is also advisable to refrain from drinking alcohol and smoking. If you follow these instructions, you can positively affect the healing process.
An anaesthetic in the area to be treated is usually not necessary, or only if there are larger vessels. After cleaning and disinfecting the skin, the laser handheld unit is guided over the skin along the vessels. The device emits flash-like pulses that atrophy the vessels. A session usually lasts 10 to 20 minutes. A single treatment can often lead to the desired result.
Most patients can return to their usual activities immediately after the treatment. There may be slight redness, but it should subside after half an hour or less. The resulting scabs usually heal within one to two weeks. Make sure you apply a sunscreen product with a high sun protection factor to your skin for the next 14 days. Exercising and sauna should be avoided for three days.
Depending on the extent of the haemangiomas, one laser session may be sufficient to successfully treat the skin change. If several sessions are necessary, they should be performed every two to four weeks.
The cost of laser treatment depends on the extent of the haemangiomas and therefore the number of sessions. We will draw up your individual treatment plan in a personal consultation, at which point we can also provide you with detailed information on the costs.
The first results can often be seen immediately after treatment. The scabs that form usually disappear after two weeks or less, at which point the final result should be achieved.
In some cases, laser treatment can only be performed with difficulty or not at all. This would be the case with open wounds, skin diseases or certain allergies.
We can use the VersaPulse laser to tackle the root of the growth. It is a gentle and painless procedure that makes it possible to remove the haemangioma completely. The treatment time is short, and patients usually do not have to worry about scarring.
Mild swelling and redness may occur after laser treatment. These are natural skin reactions. They usually disappear within a few hours. The scabs should disappear after two weeks or less.
In many cases, one treatment is sufficient to achieve a satisfactory result. In cases of more pronounced haemangiomas, another session may be necessary.