Dr. Kathleen Welsh offers varying solutions in her San Francisco Bay Area practice to treat a broad range of vascular lesions. Dr. Welsh and her staff will work with you to select the appropriate treatment for your underlying condition. Watch this informative video to see what Dr. Welsh had to say to RealSelf about who makes a good candidate for V-beam.
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How Do Vascular Treatments Work?
Many skin conditions manifest in the form of broken or abnormal blood vessels in the skin, as is the cause with rosacea, in which the facial blood vessels dilate excessively causing redness and flushing. Dr. Welsh’s trained nurses will treat your vascular conditions by administering a high power laser that is absorbed by the abnormal blood vessels in the skin. The laser heats the abnormal vessels causing the vein walls to collapse and seal shut. Over time, the vessels will no longer be visible. Several treatments may be necessary to achieve the desired result.
What Specific Conditions Vascular Lasers Treat?
Vascular lasers have been shown effective at treating a number of conditions including rosacea, spider veins, leg veins, port wine stains, cherry angiomas and benign pigmented lesions such as sun spots. These procedures may also have a cosmetic benefit for patients who have skin lesions or scars from past injuries.
In this interview video, Dr. Welsh talks about the best candidates for V-Beam.
How is the Procedure Performed?
Dr. Welsh or your practitioner will ensure that you are comfortable as possible. Both you and your practitioner will be wearing protective eyewear. When the treatment begins, the laser will be calibrated and parameters will be set based on the specific condition being treated. Each treatment typically takes 15-30 minutes and does not require topical anesthesia.
How Many Treatments are Needed?
The number of treatments depends on various parameters, including size, thickness and color of lesion. Individual results vary and will be discussed with you by Dr. Welsh or your practitioner during your consultation.
Do the Treatments Work?
Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the handpiece. Although no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, some patients opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Following the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
What are the Possible Side Effects?
Although many patients report few if any side effects, those most commonly noticed are slight reddening and swelling of the skin. Some patients may experience bruising and, in rare instances, blistering may occur.
When Will I See Results?
Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have shown significant improvement within two to six weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months.