Pulsed dye laser or vascular laser

What is pulsed dye laser or vascular laser?

A laser is a source of high-intensity light that can be used to treat various conditions of the skin. A pulsed dye or vascular laser is a type of laser that makes use of dye mixed with a specially formulated solvent.

With this type of laser treatment, Dr van Heerden is able to treat conditions that have a red blood colour such as birthmarks known as port wine marks and haemangioma (strawberry-like birthmarks), as well as fine broken veins on the face and flushing. Dr van Heerden can also treat warts and nail changes that occur as a side effect of psoriasis.

How does it work?

During pulsed dye laser treatment, a concentrated beam of light is used to target blood vessels in the skin. This laser light is absorbed by the specific area of tissue that is targeted, and destroys diseased or damaged cells without damaging the healthy surrounding tissue.

During the procedure, Dr van Heerden may apply a topical anaesthetic to the skin if he feels it is necessary. A specially designed hand piece is placed against the skin and the laser is activated. The treatment may feel slightly uncomfortable, but should not cause considerable pain.

Who should undergo this type of treatment?

The treatment may be recommended for those who suffer from facial redness and flushing associated with skin conditions such as rosacea. It can also be very effective in treating spider veins all over the body, as well as red, raised scars, birthmarks, and warts.

Pulsed dye laser treatment has very few side-effects. While scarring is very rare, some patients may experience some slight bruising after the procedure. Proper moisturisation and sun protection are recommended after the treatment to aid recovery.

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DR J STEVE VAN HEERDEN

Dermatology is the branch of medicine dealing with the skin, nails, hair and its diseases and is a specialty with both medical and surgical aspects. As a dermatologist, Dr Steve van Heerden treats a wide variety of diseases and disorders of the skin, nails and hair. Dr van Heerden’s practice is located in Brooklyn, Pretoria and offers a comprehensive range of dermatology services.

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