What kind of vascular lesions are treated with a laser?
The vascular laser can treat vascular lesions such as telangiectasias or spider veins, port-wine stain birthmarks, and strawberry hemangiomas. Leg veins up to 2 mm. in width can also be eliminated. All of these conditions made up of abnormal blood vessels in the skin. They all vary in severity for example, telangiectasias, or broken blood vessels, usually involve single vessels and are often harmless. Port-wine stains, on the other hand, tend to grow with the patient, usually infants, darken in color and will never go away if left untreated. Hemangiomas grow very rapidly after birth but often go away with time. Some, however may impair vision or breathing and should be treated before they are allowed to advance to this stage. In addition, warts, red and raised scars and inflammatory lesions such as psoriasis can be treated by targeting their rich vascular supply.