To accommodate a range of cosmetic needs, we offer treatments with the Lumenis M22, a top-of-the-line device that emits intense pulsed light (IPL). At our Beverly Hills practice, we use this type of light energy to treat spots (both brown and red) and stimulate collagen production deeper in the skin to smooth fine wrinkles and improve overall skin tone. We also use it to remove fine webs of spider veins that form on the legs and elsewhere. Collections of blood vessels that become visible through the skin over time can be embarrassing. With Lumenis' M22 device, we are able to offer a non-invasive solution that fits your lifestyle and schedule. The device's unique SapphireCool tip provides continuous cooling during your treatment to maximize your comfort throughout the procedure, without decreasing its efficacy.
During an IPL photofacial treatment at Cassileth Plastic Surgery and Skin Care, we target the brown or red pigmented cells in spots with specific wavelengths of light to disintegrate them and allow new skin cells to generate, leaving the normal surrounding skin alone. The same principle works for spider veins, with the light energy focusing its impact on dark blue, purple, or red telangiectasia (as they are technically known). These common visible vessels are the result of genetics, hormone changes, weight gain, trauma, or a more sedentary lifestyle. Spider veins are strictly cosmetic and are not dangerous or cause for concern. In contrast to our light-only treatment, we also offer an injectable solution to those pesky spider veins that may be too large to eradicate completely with IPL alone. Sclerotherapy injections are ideal for collapsing more pronounced veins, but IPL vein treatment is more appropriate for finer webs of vessels that are especially close to the surface of the skin. While this approach is sometimes called "laser vein removal," the IPL treatment does not use a laser, nor does it physically "remove" the vessels, but instead sends targeted light energy into them, prompting them to develop scar tissue and close. This tissue seals them off from the greater circulatory system, causing them to shrink and ultimately dissolve.
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