1120 Juan Tabo Blvd. NE
Albuquerque, NM 87112
The Sciton Laser uses the long wavelength of 1064 nanometers. This longer wavelength allows the laser energy to reach even the deepest skin veins, while at the same time allowing safe and effective treatment for all people of all skin colors, even those with darker or black skin. This combination of safety and efficacy represents a major advance over the older treatment systems. The extreme flexibility and adjustability of the Sciton Laser provides an additional benefit over the older systems. This laser allows the operator to easily adjust the duration and power of the laser pulse as well as the size of the laser beam to allow precise, safe and optimized treatment for different types & sizes of vessels. The adjustable sapphire cooling head provides the operator with a clear view of the treatment area and results in a safer and relatively pain free procedure. The 1064 wavelength allows the operator to use clear safety goggles, which provide better visualization than the colored goggles required by the older shorter wavelength lasers.
Those individuals with dark veins and light skin color respond most optimally. In people with darker skin color (more melanin in the skin), the skin tends to compete with the veins for light energy, resulting in the potential for damage to the skin. That is why tanning should be avoided before (and after) laser treatments. Because the adjustable sapphire cooling plate of the Sciton Leg Vein Laser tends to protect the skin and because the long wavelength light that is used by this laser tends to penetrate more deeply and scatter less, the 1064nm wavelength used by the Sciton Laser is currently the best available for treating patients with fine veins and darker skin colors.
With the exception of the area immediately around the eye, all parts of the body can be treated with the Sciton Laser.
Long term follow-up studies indicate that most of the veins which respond are permanently destroyed. However, a certain percentage of the veins are injured, but not completely destroyed, and some of these may reopen. Therefore, it takes between two to four treatments to remove the veins from a particular area, and even then, there may be resistant veins which persist. For vein removal a 70-90% improvement is a realistic goal.
Tanning should be avoided. The hair at the treatment site should be shaved at home, before the laser treatment. Excess hair, above the skin surface, absorbs laser energy and reduces the amount of energy that reaches the vein. To minimize bruising, it is important to avoid aspirin, anticoagulants and Ibuprofen and its relatives both immediately before and after the laser treatment.
Most patients describe the treatment as mildly uncomfortable but not painful. The treatment sensation is compared to the "snap" of a rubber band. The Sciton cooling plate, which provides cooling before, during and after the laser pulse, provides a much more comfortable treatment than that provided by many other laser systems. Because the treatment of larger leg veins requires larger amounts of energy absorption, this tends to be somewhat more uncomfortable than treatment of other areas. Icepacks can be applied before and immediately after the treatment. If you feel you have elevated pain sensitivity, or if we are treating a sensitive area, you may request a topical anesthetic to be applied in our office for an additional, but nominal, charge.
Within a few minutes after the treatment, the treated area will usually become somewhat red and puffy. This reaction usually subsides within a few hours although some mild redness may persist for up to 2 days. Since the skin is not otherwise injured, no bandages are necessary.
Generally, it takes 2-4 treatments at monthly intervals to effectively treat most veins.
The treatment cost depends on the size and number of the veins being treated, and ranges from $190/treatment (for 1-2 small veins) to $1490/treatment (for both full legs).
Initial redness and/or swelling is common, but it usually lasts only a few hours or days. Very rarely a blister can develop, and even more rarely an infection or scar could result. Any injury to the skin can cause a flare of herpes simplex in people who carry the virus in the treated area. This can generally be prevented with appropriate medication. People with darker skin types have more risk of color change, either darkening or lightening of the skin, but the Sciton Laser appears to be the least likely of all the lasers to produce these complications, since its long wavelength and sapphire chilling plate protect the skin surface.
With the Sciton Laser, people of all skin types can be treated. The darker the skin type, the more treatments and the slower the treatment, so it is preferable not to have a tan when being treated.