“LASER” stands for Light Amplification by the Stimulated Emission of Radiation. Vascular lasers selectively target unwanted or abnormal blood vessels in the skin, whilst minimizing damage to surrounding normal skin structures.
Modern vascular lasers are very safe and effective when used by professionally trained staff. They are generally more effective on the face than on other areas of the body, and multiple treatments are often required to achieve the best results.
Types of Vascular lasers
Vascular laser technology has progressed significantly over the past few decades.
There are many different types and combinations of lasers which can be used to treat vascular lesions including:
- Continuous or quasi-continuous wave lasers
- Argon laser
- Argon pumped tunable dye laser
- Krypton laser
- Copper vapor and copper bromide laser (now rarely used)
- Potassium Titanyl Phosphate (KTP) laser
- Pulsed lasers
- Pulsed dye laser (PDL)
- Long-pulse dye lasers
- Frequency-doubled Q-switched Nd: YAG laser
- IPL stands for Intense Pulsed Light which is not a true laser but can be used to treat vascular lesions by using filters to deliver an appropriate wavelength of light.