Lesions are places in body tissue that are there as a result of some sort of damage that was caused by an injury or a disease. In the case of vascular lesions, this often means spider veins. If you have this condition, there is help available.
If you have been considering treatment for your vascular lesions but the thought of an invasive surgery scares you, there is still hope. Other choices are available. In fact, there are many more non-invasive procedures done for vascular lesions than there are invasive ones like ligation or vein stripping.
Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapy has become a popular choice among physicians and patients alike in recent years. This is due to both the safety and effectiveness of the procedure. While IPL therapy and laser treatments both utilize light to reach the areas that are targeted for treatment, there is a difference. Lasers use light waves that are concentrated to the point of being ablative. This means they basically burn the targeted tissue in order to destroy it. For vascular lesions, the tissue in question is obviously a vein. In some cases, the laser probe is inserted intravenously.
While lasers use a single wavelength, IPL therapy utilizes a variety of wavelengths. This allows for variations in the settings so specific tissue can be targeted for treatment. Treatment is delivered by a high output flash lamp that releases broad wavelengths of light pulses onto the surface of the skin. To prevent burning of the skin, systems that are used for IPL therapy utilize one of several available methods for cooling. These methods may be some sort of cooling spray, contact cooling or refrigerated air that is blown across the surface of the skin.
During treatment, specific wavelengths are chosen that the tissue targeted for treatment will more effectively absorb. The process is engineered to help spare surrounding tissue from injury caused by heat.
In addition to the wavelength selection that maximizes the benefits of IPL therapy, there are other factors that contribute as well. Pulse delay time, pulse sequences and pulse duration can all be customized. This makes the treatment more precise and provides greater versatility.
If you are struggling with vascular lesions and would like to find out what is the best treatment option, you should have a conversation with our team at SeaMist MedSpa and ask specific questions about how IPL therapy may be able to help you. Our office is located in South Kingstown. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.