For vein removal, a deeper penetrating diode with a wavelength of 940 nm is available.
Popular diode lasers are the Lumenis LightSheer, the Opusmed F1 Diode, the Apex, and the Syneron eLaser.
What It's Good For
Diode lasers can also be used for leg veins that are less than one to two millimeters in diameter, though sclerotherapy or pulsed dye lasers are still more popular treatments for these raised blood vessels.
Who it works for: While it's true that all skin types, including darker complexions, may be treated with the diode laser, the best results are seen in those who are types I and II - characterized by light skin that does not tan well.
Recommended age range: There are no age restrictions for diode lasers.
When will I see results?: A blood vessel can be eliminated in one session.
How long it lasts: Vein removal with diode lasers is permanent, but the diode can only react to existing veins. It won't proactively reduce future vein formation.
Key benefits of Diode Laser Vein Treatment: Diode lasers can be used on all skin types, save for the darkest of complexions. If you're unsure of where you stand, check out a Fitzpatrick skin type chart.
Licensed uses: Many of the currently available diode lasers, like the LightSheer, are intended for vascular lesions and hair removal on persons with light to tan skin (up to Fitzpatrick V).