Usually a photograph is taken prior to treatment.
Then once lying down or seated, protective eye wear will be applied. If laser work to the face is required, lead eye shields will be used and taped over the patient’s eyes. Goggles may be used if other areas of the body are being treated.
The laser causes a short, sharp, pricking sensation during treatment and is well tolerated by most people. A light spray of coolant onto the skin will be felt just before each laser pulse.
The degree of discomfort varies with each person, depending on his/her pain threshold. At your first consultation the doctor will advise you whether any analgesia is required. Patients are usually advised to take two Panadol one hour prior to treatment. Occasionally a topical anaesthetic cream EMLA, will be applied prior to treatment of birthmarks.
Immediately following treatment, ice will be applied to relieve any discomfort and to help minimise swelling that may follow treatment.
Following treatment with the laser, the skin will appear slightly red and swollen for a few hours. These side effects subside quickly and you may have some mild swelling the next day which is barely noticeable. In some instances mild bruising may be evident for a few days. Your doctor will discuss the possibility of bruising with you at the initial consultation. In most cases PURPURA (BRUISING) FREE treatment is achievable for facial vessels.
The vessels will show instant shrinkage or disappearance when lasered. They may reappear a day or two later and then gradually disappear over the following six to eight weeks.
Most facial telangiectasia require two to three treatments at six weekly intervals. Birth marks need to be treated every eight weeks for one to two years, depending on the size and colour.