What is the Nd:YAG laser, and how does it treat vascular lesions or leg veins?

May 24, 2024

Ever heard of vascular lesions? These are often identified as very prominent leg veins that are deemed abnormal and appear as a sign of a wide range of conditions that can be identified by a medical professional. These lesions can vary in colour, shape, and size, and although they are harmless, they can cause cosmetic concern and can often cause discomfort. At IGBeauty, we provide all kinds of services to help you feel your best, physically and mentally. Our skin care clinic in Toronto offers a service called Nd: YAG Laser, a laser system that can be used dermatologically, cosmetically, and surgically. It's a safe and reliable laser vein treatment method to achieve the desired aesthetic goal. 

What is the Nd: YAG Laser?

What is the Nd:YAG laser, and how does it treat vascular lesions or leg veins?You may need to be more familiar with all these letters together. Nd:YAG stands for neodymium-doped yttrium aluminium garnet. It's a crystal that is used to refract light in the laser. Unlike some laser treatments, this laser does not create wounds in any way, so it can be used in various conditions, as it can endure some of the most delicate procedures. This laser can treat the deep skin tissue, impacting the larger blood vessels and lesions. To see results with this laser vein treatment, patients should go through 2-3 sessions with 6-8 week intervals between. Each session only takes 10-20 minutes to complete, and then patients can continue with their everyday activities, but they should avoid hot baths and physical exercise for a few weeks. 

Vascular Lesions and Leg Veins

Vascular lesions can appear anywhere on the body, and there are four types: telangiectasia (spider veins), Hemangiomas (small, red bumps), Port Wine Stains (pink/red/purple birthmarks), and Cherry Angiomas (small, bright red bumps). Many causes of these lesions exist, including genetics, sun exposure, hormonal changes or trauma, and medical conditions. 

Leg veins are categorized into two parts: Spider veins and varicose veins. Spider veins are small and dilated blood vessels that often resemble spider webs, hence the name. These are caused by genetics, hormones, the sun, or age. Varicose veins are blue or purple, enlarged, and twisted veins that protrude from the skin's surface. These occur when the valves inside the veins are weak and malfunctioning, leading to blood pooling. This can be caused by genetics, age, obesity, pregnancy, or long periods of standing or sitting. Varicose veins can cause a risk of aching, throbbing, heaviness, swelling, and cramps. 

Nd: YAG Laser Treatment Process

Before undergoing the treatment, you will have a consultation with a medical professional to review your medical history and skin type and assess the characteristics of your vascular lesions. On the day of your treatment, the area must be cleansed of any oils or dirt, and protective eyewear must be worn. There is the option for a topical anesthetic, depending on your pain tolerance. The laser will then be set to the correct settings based on your condition and applied to the skin, delivering short pulses of laser energy. You may experience a mild sensation of heat during the procedure, but it is not intolerable. Once your appointment ends, your technician may provide a soothing gel for the treated area. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled with your healthcare provider if needed. 

Benefits of Nd: YAG Laser Treatment for Vascular Lesions and Leg veins

You may be thinking: why should I choose this over other laser treatments? Nd: YAG Laser treatments provide one of the most comfortable treatments aside from the mild sensation of heat that is emitted from the device. This laser doesn't create wounds like other laser methods, leaving patients with minimal downtime after the procedure. Especially at our skin care clinic in Toronto, IGBeauty services are done by medical professionals to ensure you receive quality care. Nd: YAG also provides long-lasting results. Especially if you suffer from varicose veins, you will no longer suffer the discomfort of your condition. Get to feeling your best with Nd: YAG. It works for all skin types and skin tones without the risk of hyperpigmentation due to its deep penetration. 

Why Choose IGBeauty for Nd: YAG Laser Treatment for Vascular Lesions and Leg Veins

At IGBeauty, we use the latest technology and equipment on our patients to ensure quality and long-lasting results. We also have trained medical professionals operating them to provide peace of mind to our patients that they are in good hands. At our clinic, each patient gets a one-on-one consultation with a professional to create personalized treatment plans for their skin. We have received countless positive customer reviews throughout our 10+ years of operation. 

IGBeauty for your Cosmetic Needs

Feel your best again with IGBeauty; we will help treat your vascular lesions. Lead a more stress-free life with our services, from laser hair removal to Nd: YAG Laser treatment. Our team works to provide the utmost comfort for our patients in and out of the clinic. Call to book a consultation now!

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