Vein Lesion Removal FAQ

Minnesota Brow Lash Studio & Academy provides fast and effective vascular lesion removal using the Astanza MeDioStar. While most vascular lesions are harmless, many people wish to remove these unsightly veins to show a more youthful complexion.  Vascular lesions such as port-wine stains, telangiectasia, haemangioma, spider naevus (spider veins), reticular veins, and venous lakes are common in both men and women, regardless of the patient’s age. While some of these conditions do not pose a threat to the patient’s health, they can become bothersome as the patient may feel they affect their personal appearance.

How Vascular Lesion Removal Works

During a vascular lesion treatment, our MeDioStar laser sends a light beam into the skin and targets the hemoglobin of the blood found in the vein or vessel. The blood vessel absorbs the light energy, heats up, and becomes inflamed or swollen. This reaction leads to the occlusion or collapse of the vessel, which successfully cuts off the blood flow without harming the surrounding skin tissue.

Immediately after treatment, patients may experience temporary redness and swelling. Over the weeks following a treatment, your vascular lesion may leave a small bruise or transient pigment changes. Both of these side effects will heal naturally over time and reveal blemish-free skin. Vasculature treatments, including the erythema associated with acne, should produce improvement after a treatment or two.

What is the procedure like?

Patients may experience a small prick that is associated with a heat sensation. The severity of this sensation depends on the thickness of the vessel being treated. The duration of the treatment depends on the size of the vascular lesion, however, most treatments only take a few minutes.

How many treatments will I need?

On average, the majority of patients will see significant results after just one treatment. A second or third treatment may be required depending on the size of the vessel. Larger veins may need additional treatments because they’re more stubborn.

How long in between treatments?

Patients must wait generally 2 to 3 months between treatments. However, most patients may only require one treatment whereas others will see strong improvement after a treatment or two.

How do I prepare for my treatment?

Shave the day before treatment. Ensure the treatment area is clean and remove any cosmetic products or tanners an hour or so before treatment. If makeup or tanner is removed immediately before treatment, the skin may appear more red than it’s natural tone. To ensure the best results, the targeted area must be as “normal” as possible.

What should I do after my treatment?

Apply a cold compress if there is lingering heat. Avoid the sun and apply sunscreen daily.

Pigmented Lesion Removal

Pigmented lesions, also referred to as sun spots, age spots, or brown spots, are common cosmetic blemishes that form with age and excessive sun exposure. There are many different types of pigmented lesions, including melanomas. Before receiving laser treatment, it is recommended that you receive an evaluation from a dermatologist or physician to confirm that your lesions are benign.

How does the procedure work?

During a treatment, our laser penetrates through the epidermis and targets the melanin in the unwanted pigmented lesion. The skin cells that contain excess melanin and pigment absorb the laser’s energy, heat up, and are broken down. The broken down pigment is then naturally removed by the body’s lymphatic system.

What is the procedure like?

Patients may experience a warm sensation or light prick of the skin. After a few hours, the treated lesions may darken and a small crust may form. These side effects will heal over days following treatment.

How many treatments will I need?

Most patients see complete removal after 1 to 2 treatments. However, freckles and sun spots frequently appear with sun exposure, so ongoing treatment may be required to maintain the clearest complexion.

How long in between treatments?

Patients should wait 6 to 8 weeks between treatments.

How do I prepare for my treatment?

Ensure the treatment area is clean and that all cosmetic products or tanners are removed an hour or so before treatment. If makeup or tanner is removed immediately before treatment, the skin may appear more red than it’s natural tone. To ensure the best results, the targeted area must be as “normal” as possible.

What should I do after my treatment?

Patients can cool the skin after treatment with a cold compress for as long as desired. If crusts form, allow them to heal naturally. Do not interfere with any scabbing; doing so can lead to infection and unwanted side effects. Apply sunscreen daily and avoid excessive sun exposure or tanning activities.

Vein/Dark-Spot removal Aftercare

IMPORTANT! Avoid sun exposure and tanning beds to the treated area. Once the scabbing process is complete, ALWAYS apply broad spectrum SPF 50 or higher to the area for a minimum of 3 months following your last treatment. This skin is still healing and can EASILY become damaged by any UV rays and may cause hyperpigmentation and/or premature aging.

  • Taking collagen, vitamin C and L-lysine supplements over the course of your healing process can give your immune system and collagen production a boost.
  • Avoid smoking.
  • Do not use AHA’s, BHA’s, Retin-A or Renova for 72 hours following treatment.
  • Avoid direct sunlight for 72 hours following treatment.
  • Wash treated are morning and night with cleanser.
  • If redness or sensitivity occurs, wash treated area and apply a cool compress or ice pack. If sensitivity continues for more than 12 hours, contact your physician or skincare provider.
  • Avoid shaving over any treated area until skin has fully healed.
  • Avoid exercise for 24 hours following treatment. Heat, steam or sweat can add to inflammation.
  • Do not use any pools, hot tubs or saunas until your skin returns to a more normal state.
  • If you are prone to cold-sores, the treatment may cause a breakout, ask your doctor for a prophylactic treatment such as Valtrex (5 days prior and 5 days after are optimal).
  • Do not peel or pick at loose skin or crusting. This may result in SEVERE scarring and discoloration to affected area. If crusting occurs, apply petroleum jelly to the affected area until healed.
  • Keep skin well hydrated with appropriate moisturizer.
  • Do not use anything harsh on your skin (like acids, peels or physical exfoliants) until you have reached 8 weeks post treatment.

Before & After Result