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If the tiny broken capillaries around your nose or on your cheeks have begun to bother you, laser treatment may be able to help.

Samaritan Plastic, Reconstructive & Hand Surgery offers a pulsed-dye laser that can remove spider veins on the face or legs. Rosacea, scars, port-wine stains and other discolorations also respond well to the treatment.

“For people who have tiny veins or discolorations that they are used to covering up with makeup, laser treatment to remove the problem can provide a confidence boost,” said Heather Peacock, RN, who provides laser services at the clinic.

According to Peacock, the laser works by delivering a burst of energy that destroys the targeted vein. The tissue is then reabsorbed by the body and disappears.

Patients first receive an evaluation to decide if treatment will help. The length of a session depends on the size of the area being treated, but is typically less than 30 minutes. How many sessions someone needs will depend on the type of condition; small broken capillaries may only need one while rosacea may require several. Most people can resume their normal activities after a treatment although some may experience temporary redness, swelling, bruising or crusting. For best results, don’t tan or use tanning lotion two weeks before or after a treatment.

For  more complex vein disorders such as varicose veins, Peacock recommends seeing a vascular surgeon for an evaluation.

“For discolorations that are cosmetic, laser skin treatment provides a really positive result. Patients walk away feeling great,” said Peacock.

Get a free consultation to find out if laser skin treatment can help you.

Troubled by painful varicose veins? There are specialists in the mid-Willamettte Valley who can help, learn more about their services.