You may not be a good candidate for this treatment if:

  • History of abnormal blood coagulation
  • Use of anticoagulants, anti-inflammatories (NSAID, motrin), fish oils, vitamin E etc in the past 7 days
  • Light sensitive skin
  • If you are prone to cold sores, please make sure the office or your provider is aware. You will require a prescription medication to decrease the risk of a breakout.
  • History of active bacterial or fungal infection, active cold sore, compromised immune system, or uncontrolled Diabetes
  • Pregnant or breastfeeding
  • Accutane within the last 6-12 months
  • Other lasers or peels in the past 4 weeks
  • Use of tanning bed, self-tanning products in the last 3 weeks (this causes an increased risk of post-treatment hyperpigmentation).
  • Recent sunburn, or excessive sun exposure within the past 3-4 weeks
  • Cancer treatment within the past 12 months

        Pre-Treatment Instructions: 

        • Discontinue medications or supplements that may thin your blood 7 days prior to vein treatments to minimize bruising and improve the success of your treatment. This includes fish oil, flaxseed oil, Vitamin E, ginkgo biloba, antiinflammatory medications (ibuprofen, Motrin, Aleve), and red wine. If you are taking aspirin electively and not upon the advice of your physician, then you may stop it for 48 hours prior to your treatment. Do not stop aspirin if prescribed or recommended by your physician.
        • You may wish to bring a pair of shorts to wear during your treatment if you are having your legs treated.
        • If treating leg veins, please purchase Class II, 30-40 mmHG, compression stockings (like these on Amazon) prior to your appointment. Compression stockings should be worn as much as possible for 1 week.

          What to expect after treatment:

          • Some redness and swelling. (May convert to “cat scratch” scab on the legs and take  8-12 weeks for full resolution).
          • Facial veins can take 3-6 weeks to be fully healed/disappear. They may look darker than they did prior to treatment until full resolution. 
          • Leg vein resolution usually takes about 8-12 weeks. At the end of this process, some vessels may be gone while others may be lighter or not affected.
          • If facial veins are being treated, there may be minor bruising and/or swelling following treatment. This can typically be covered using make-up immediately after. Plan accordingly since your face may show slight evidence of the laser treatment for a week or more. 
          • If leg veins are being treated, there may be minor bruising, discoloration, and welting over treatment sites. Larger leg veins may appear bruised for a period of time after treatment. Sometimes up to 8-12 weeks. 
          • It is especially important after treatment of legs that sun exposure is minimized so as to not lead to staining of the legs
          • Full results can take weeks or months to be realized. Plan and schedule treatments accordingly, allowing for healing time and time for your treatment results to evolve to completion. The best time to treat leg veins are in fall, winter and spring when you are less inclined to wear shorts or be exposed to sun. 
          • Plan treatments allowing for a period of no sun exposure, vigorous activity or use of hot tubs, saunas or spas for 72 hours after treatment.
          • Expect that 1-2 sessions may be needed.

            If you have any questions or concerns please call the office or reach out to your provider in advance of your treatment. 858-230-2876


                • Do Not:
                  • Exercise for 3 days after treatment. 
                  • Use alcohol, aspirin, Advil, or any blood thinners for five days.
                  • Take hot showers, baths, use hot tubs or saunas for five days. 
                • Avoid sun exposure and wear SPF 30 sunblock for one month after treatment on all treated areas that may be exposed to the sun. 
                • Cold compresses may be applied to reduce redness and swelling. 
                • Call the office or contact your provider at the first sign of persistent pain or blistering. 
                • If treated leg veins, please wear Class II, 30-40 mmHG, compression stockings (like these on Amazon). Compression stockings should be worn as much as possible for 1 week.
                • Treatment area should be gently washed twice per day with tepid water and mild soap.

                  Please call us at 858-230-2876 if you have any questions or concerns. 

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