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The Cutera CoolGlide laser treatment is a safe, fast, gentle and effective method for removal of unwanted blood vessels on the face and body. In just a few treatment sessions (in some cases only a single treatment session), you can greatly improve the appearance of skin blemished by unwanted spider veins and broken capillaries.

HOW IT WORKS

CoolGlide laser treatments deliver a precise dosage of energy to each vein. During your treatment, light energy is delivered through a special laser hand-piece to the targeted vein, in a series of brief pulses. The light energy is absorbed by the blood vessels, but not the surrounding tissue. This heat absorption causes a coagulation of the blood vessel, which is subsequently absorbed by your body.

WHAT TO EXPECT

First, we identify the veins to be treated. We then proceed to deliver pulses of light (laser) energy along the length of the vessel, targeting the larger veins first. The light energy causes the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessels, which are then absorbed by your body. Most laser therapy patients report little discomfort. Some experience a mild burning sensation when we pulse the laser.

For the maximum long-term resolution, multiple treatments spaced 3 to 4 weeks apart may be necessary. The number of treatments required varies with the size and depth of each vein. However, if new veins appear, additional treatments are required.

RECOVERY & RESULTS

After treatment, most patients have bruising around the treated areas that usually disappears after the first week. A tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks when larger veins are involved. Keys to success with laser leg vein therapy include the avoidance of hot baths and strenuous exercise, and may include the short-term use of compression stockings.

Patients are generally encouraged to resume most normal activities immediately. We do ask that you refrain from vigorous activities for the first 24 hours. Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have shown significant improvement within 2 to 6 weeks of treatment. Most of our CoolGlide patients enjoy the comfort and the look of legs free from unsightly red, blue, and purple veins.