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Diode Laser Vein Treatment

Popular diode lasers are the Lumenis LightSheer, the Opusmed F1 Diode, the Apex, and the Syneron eLaser.

Diode Laser Vein Treatment Side Effects

Skin may be itchy, red, or swollen after diode laser vein removal treatment.

Burning, scab formation, blistering, and purpura (bluish skin discolorations lasting no more than six months) are also possible, but these risks are lowered when the laser is operated by an experienced and board certified practitioner.

Who shouldn't use it: The only skin type which should under no circumstances be treated with the diode are those with Fitzpatrick type VI complexions - picture Alex Wek.

Diode lasers should also be avoided by individuals with endocrine disorders, excessive hair growth due to hirsutism, a tendency to scar or develop keloids, and/or an infection in the treatment area.

Drawbacks: Diode laser treatment can be pricey and painful. Several diode treatments are needed to achieve good results.

Recovery Time For Diode Laser Vein Treatment

There is no recovery period after treatment with a diode laser. Though your skin may be flushed or red, it shouldn't stop you from heading back to the office or to lunch with a friend.

After care for Diode Laser Vein Treatment: Avoid products that contain retin-A, benzyl peroxide, and glycolic acid for the first seven to 10 days after treatment. Wash the treated skin gently with soap and water twice daily using mild or lukewarm water only. Avoid hot water for the first 48 hours.

If the skin begins to crust, ask your physician for a topical antibiotic to avoid infection. Wear sunscreen every day, and continue to moisturize your skin with a gentle, fragrance-free lotion.

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