Rosacea, Vascular & Redness Treatment – ClearScan YAG™
An effective and safe solution for vascular conditions
What is ClearScan YAG?
ClearScan YAG allows the physician to precisely treat visible vessels, broken capillaries, spider veins, vascular lesions and discoloration of your skin by using laser energy. Your treatment will be tailored to match your skin condition and desired result. All skin areas can be treated with ClearScan YAG. Popular areas are the face, neck, chest and legs. Discuss your needs with the physician.
The following conditions can be treated with ClearScan YAG:
- Facial Veins
- Spider Veins
- Broken Capillaries
How it works
Broken capillaries and other visible vascular structures will be gently eliminated from the upper layers of your skin surface. Unwanted vessels will be preferentially heated by the laser energy and become less noticeable. ClearScan YAG will also restore your skin tone and color.
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. Laser energy will be delivered precisely to the area of your skin being treated. You may briefly feel a warm or hot sensation as the laser pulses are absorbed by the unwanted vessels. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated.
There should be little to no discomfort, however it varies from patient to patient and depends on the treatment. There is no need for anesthesia and the physician will discuss your options to properly manage any discomfort from the treatment. There should be no prolonged post-treatment discomfort.
Your skin will be pink temporarily but it will resolve over time. Any vessels denatured by the laser will be reabsorbed by your body over a period of time in a natural cleansing process. Most small capillaries will become invisible almost immediately, since they will no longer contain blood.
It is important to follow the physician’s post-treatment instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. Your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light, and you must avoid direct sun exposure. You need to fully cover your skin or use a good sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.
Your healing time will depend upon your actual treatment. In most cases, there is virtually no downtime and you may resume daily activity immediately. You may experience some redness after this cosmetic procedure. The physician will answer questions about temporary changes on your skin color and how they may be camouflaged.
Frequently Asked Questions
The ClearScan laser emits a beam of light that is highly absorptive in hemoglobin or blood. ClearScan allows your clinician to precisely treat visible vessels, broken capillaries, spider veins, vascular lesions and discoloration of your skin by using laser energy. ClearScan is safe and effective for all skin colors and even sun tanned skin, making it the treatment of choice for active individuals. Your treatment will be tailored to match your vascular condition and desired result.
ClearScan light is absorbed in the blood that is flowing through the targeted vessel. The absorption converts light into heat energy, which raises the temperature of the blood. During the treatment, the heat generated from ClearScan coagulates the blood inside the vessel causing it to collapse and seal. This results in slow elimination of the vascular lesion by the body’s immune system.
- Facial and Leg Veins
- Spider Veins
- Broken Capillaries
Vascular conditions, such as spider veins and telangiectasia, are usually found on the face, thighs, legs, calves, and arms. With ClearScan, all affected skin areas can be treated effectively. Discuss your needs with your clinician.
Some momentary discomfort associated with the ClearScan vascular treatments may be experienced in the treated area; however it varies from patient to patient and depends on the treatment. Typically topical anesthetics are not used but your clinician will discuss your options to properly manage any discomfort from the treatment. Most often, there should be no prolonged post-treatment discomfort.
Your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. Laser light energy will be delivered precisely to the area of your skin being treated. You may briefly feel a warm or hot sensation as the laser pulses are absorbed by the unwanted vessels. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated.
The most common side effect is discoloration of the vein and bruising, or purpura (purplish discoloration), around the treated area. This will resolve within days after the treatment. Initially, you may have a “cat scratch” like appearance to the treated vessels for 1 – 2 days after the treatment. The treated area may be sensitive to the touch and feel as if there is a slight sunburn in that area. Most redness, swelling and sensitivity resolve within 2 – 3 days. Your clinician will answer questions about temporary changes on your skin color and how they may be camouflaged.What aftercare will I need?
It is important to follow your clinician’s instructions. For treatments in some areas of the body, such as legs, there may be specific instructions for activity. Your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light, and you must avoid direct sun exposure. You need to fully cover your treated skin and/or use sunblock with a minimum SPF of 30 whenever you go outdoors.
Some vessels may show visible disappearance immediately while other destroyed vessel’s response may be less visible or lighter in appearance. Laser vein treatment works by causing the unwanted vessel to collapse, and over a period of time, your body will slowly re-absorb that vessel, similar to a bruise healing. This process can take place over a period of several weeks.
Depending on the severity of the vascular condition, multiple treatments may be required. Improvement generally lasts for a number of years, but over time new veins will develop, requiring a touch-up treatment at a later date.
Laser vein treatments, like other cosmetic procedures, are rarely covered by insurance. If you have any questions, it is best to talk with your provider.