Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor
Pre-procedure prep for KTP lasers: Stay out of the sun. Tanned skin cannot be treated with a KTP laser.
On the day of treatment: If you can, avoid makeup, lotions, moisturizer, and sunscreen on the day of your treatment.
What To Expect
Each lesion is treated separately. Your physician will move the handheld KTP device from one red mark to the next, allowing enough time for the laser energy to penetrate your skin. A cooling device may be used to soothe and to avoid overheating the skin's surface.
Who should do it: In most states, vascular lasers like the KTP can only be owned and operated by licensed physicians. Even if you're not in such a state, seek out a board certified practitioner.
Duration: KTP lasers can treat vascular lesions quickly. Most appointments last five to 15 minutes.
How Painful Is It?
Treatment is generally tolerable. Patients might feel a slight pinch each time the KTP laser is activated.
Options for anesthesia: Topical anesthesia is not required. In fact, many numbing agents have a tendency to constrict the blood vessels, which, for a vascular treatment, is less than ideal.