One of the mainstays of facial rejuvenation is getting and maintaining clear skin. The other mainstays are restoring facial volume, and removing wrinkles.
As we age, we develop sun spots and dilated blood vessels on our face, neck, and anywhere else that gets exposed to the sun regularly. There are several ways to remove brown spots including chemical peels and bleaching creams, but lasers are the primary way to remove dilated facial veins. If veins are very small and limited in number, they can sometimes be removed by a non-laser technique called hyfrecation.
For removing both brown spots and veins, the IPL (intense pulsed light) devices work best. These devices fire a flash of light similar to an intense camera flash. The light is absorbed by the red and brown color of the skin and ultimately diminishes it. Sun spots are often significantly improved after just one treatment, but most people need a series of treatments for best results.
The V-Beam is the name of a laser that is considered the gold standard for removing dilated blood vessels. It feels a little different than the IPL. Instead of a bright flash, it emits a smaller laser pulse which can target a small vein, a little cluster of veins, or general redness of the face. It is also excellent for reducing the redness of old acne lesions.
Oftentimes, I combine both of the above lasers with a third laser called the Nd:YAG to blast away all the red and brown I can. The Nd:YAG is particularly good at removing small, stringy veins like those found around the nose and on the apples of the cheeks.
By utilizing these three lasers, often in combination, we can significantly improve the tone of the skin. When they are combined with peels and prescription creams, we can really make the skin look amazing!