VariLite

A quick, comfortable and effective treatment of vascular, benign pigmented and cutaneous lesions.

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How does the laser work?
A laser generates an intense beam of light that can selectively target a treatment site. The laser light is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin (bright red blood cells carrying oxygen) and melanin (black or brown pigment found in the skin) causing decomposition or destruction of unwanted cells while leaving healthy cells intact.

What are the benefits of laser surgery?
The benefits of laser treatment over alternative therapies include improved therapeutic results, precisely controlled surgery which limits injury to normal skin, fewer complications and a safe and effective outpatient, same day surgery for vascular and pigmented lesions.

What conditions are treated with the Varilite laser?

Vascular lesions:

  • Facial Telangiectasia
  • Cherry Angiomas
  • Spider Angiomas
  • Scar Neovascularization
  • Rosacea
  • Spider Veins

Benign pigmented lesions

  • Lentigines
  • Freckles
  • Dermatosis Papulosa Nigra

Cutaneous Lesions

  • Keratoses
  • Warts

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What should a patient expect during treatment?
Treatment may vary depending upon patient characteristics and the area being treated. Treatment sessions typically take 10-15 minutes. Patients are advised to remove make-up in the treatment area and to avoid tanning prior to scheduling a treatment.

You will be asked to wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the intense beam of laser light. The doctor uses a pen-like handpiece to direct a beam of laser light to the lesion. Some patients report feeling a slight stinging sensation during treatment, so a cooling gel or system may be used to help alleviate any discomfort.

What should a patient expect after treatment?
Some redness may occur in the treatment area immediately following treatment; however, it should subside within several hours. Some swelling may also be experienced and will go away in 1-2 days. Unlike older technologies, VariLite treatment will not cause any purple skin discoloration or bruised appearance to the treated skin.

Postoperative care is minimal. We may ask you to use anti-bacterial ointment on the treated area for a short period of time and will suggest that you stay out of the sun during the healing process.

Final treatment results should be evident 10-14 days after treatment for vascular lesions and within 2-3 weeks after treatment for benign pigmented lesions. In the meantime, normal activities can be resumed with only a slight redness evident at the treatment area.