Laser Treatment for Peri-orbital Veins
Peri-orbital vascular lesions distract from the beauty of a person's eyes. Our genes are to blame for the most part. The presence of red or green vascular lesions under the eyes gives the appearance of dark circles, which makes an individual look tired or older and can affect their self-esteem and self-confidence.
Peri-orbital veins become more prominent as we age due to the thinning of skin from collagen and elastin changes related to hormonal and environment influences. In addition to aging, the loss of fat pads around the eyes is accelerated in those who exercise excessively or experience rapid weight loss.
Patients are not usually aware that these veins can be treated. Laser vascular treatment of peri-orbital veins can reduce or eliminate the appearance of these vascular lesions. These can appear as fine red vessels less than 1 mm to larger reticular green veins 3 to 4mm in size. The laser energy coagulates the vascular lesions then shrinks and fades or completely eliminates the veins in one or a series of treatments.
The ideal vascular laser is a 532nm 1064nm wavelength, short-pulsed (nanosecond) with adjustable spot size and pulse duration to treat various sizes of vascular lesions at different depths.
Patients with all skin types can be treated with the 1064nm wavelength, but darker skin types have a higher risk of hyperpigmentation with the use of the 532nm wavelength. Contact cooling, with the ability to pre-cool the epidermis to reduce the initial skin temperature and post-cool the epidermis to extract heat from tissue to help prevent epidermal injury, is critical to providing a safer procedure.
With the variable spot size and pulse duration to treat various sizes of vessels, as well as the protective pre- and post-cooling, minimal to no downtime is required post procedure. Alternative options often lead to bruising and swelling.
A laser specialist must take extreme caution when treating vascular lesions around the eyes. The potential danger of eye injuries can occur using these wavelengths if appropriate precautions are not taken.
Reducing or eliminating peri-orbital vascular lesions can improve the appearance of many patients. By reducing the appearance of the dark circles, patients can look more refreshed and less tired, improving self-esteem and self-confidence.