Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor:
- Which diode laser device will you use on my skin?
- How many treatments will I need?
Pre-procedure prep for Diode Laser Vein Treatment: Avoid tanning for one to three months leading up to treatment. Use sunscreen with SPF 15-30 to protect your skin from tanning.
Pre-treatment skin lightening with sunscreen and bleaching creams may enhance the results in patients with olive and dark skin tones.
On the day of treatment: Shave the portion of skin you plan on treating on the day of your appointment. A clean shave provides better results and also decreases the scent of burning hair.
What To Expect
You'll need to wear specialized eyewear for protection during the procedure. A physician will guide the handpiece over your skin while you sit or recline on a padded table.
Your skin may appear red or swollen afterwards.
Who should do it: Consult a licensed dermatologist. Laser hair removal with a diode is offered in both spas and medical offices, yet the best results (not to mention the safest and most hygienic) will be achieved with a board-certified physician.
Duration: Vein removal using a diode takes 15 to 20 minutes.
How Painful Is It?
Every time the diode laser is activated, you'll feel a bee sting-like prick. The skin will be tender and painful for up to three hours afterward.
Options for anesthesia: If you have a low tolerance for pain and prefer to use a topical numbing cream, discuss this with your physician in advance.