What is a vascular lesion? These face and neck growths appear as a result of an overgrowth of large blood vessels that form under the skin. A vascular lesion can take on many different shapes and sizes, but they are often red in appearance. Common types of vascular lesions include port wine stains, hemangiomas and cherry angiomas. Those with rather large or invasive lesions may find that these growths not only affect their appearance but their self-esteem, as well. While vascular lesions won’t go away on their own, our skin experts at Advanced Specialized Laser Center are able to help you say goodbye to these growths through laser therapy.
Through the use of a Pulsed Dye Laser (PDL), which uses a very concentrated source of light, we will direct the beam of light over the area to heat up the excess blood vessels and destroy them while leaving the healthy surrounding skin untouched. Our systems are so state-of-the-art that it offers a safe yet effective way to heat up the blood vessels without causing the skin to overheat.
When you choose to get Pulsed Dye Laser treatment to treat your vascular lesions you won’t have to worry about invasive incisions, cutting or surgery to have the growth removed. Because of this, there is no downtime like there would be with traditional surgery. Patients can happily go back to their daily activities after treatment.
These laser treatments are performed right here under the skilled hands of our dermatologist, Dr. Albert Nemeth. These laser sessions are all performed on an outpatient basis often without the need for anesthesia.
When you come in for a consultation, we will examine your skin and discuss your treatment goals with you to make sure that PDL treatment is the best option for you. It’s important to note that this treatment will typically require several sessions in order to fully treat the lesion. Those with port wine stains or those with larger lesions will require multiple laser therapies. We would be happy to discuss a number of treatments you’ll need to achieve results.
It’s also important to know that after treatment the skin may be bruised for a couple of days. During this healing time, it’s important that patients avoid the sun as much as possible.
If you have more questions about vascular lesions, call Advanced Specialized Laser Center in Clearwater, FL at 727-799-5273.