How does the treatment work?
The Gemini laser
produces a 1064nm wavelength. While the rest of the skin is almost completely transparent for this wavelength, it is highly
absorbed in blood. Thus, the laser beam passes through the skin and penetrates the targeted vessel. The laser energy heats
up and coagulates blood inside the vessel. Unsupported, vessel walls collapse and seal. These vessels later dissolve within
The laser energy is delivered through a hand-held device with a cooling tip. The cooling tip provides
additional safety and comfort during the treatment by lowering the thermal effect on your skin surface.
What can I expect during the treatment?
You may experience a stinging sensation during
the treatment, which resolves immediately after the treatment is over. In some cases, you may be offered topical anesthetic
cream, which may eliminate much of the discomfort associated with the treatment.
What should I expect after the procedure?
appearance of the treated vessels will dramatically change turning from blue and purple into light red. Some of the vessels
may bulge, however, any inflammation will disappear within a couple of hours. The redness of the treated vessels will be gradually
disappearing as the healing process occurs, which may take anywhere between 2 and 6 weeks depending on the severity of the
On some occasions, it may be possible to see the destroyed vessel (it will be tan to brown) underneath the
skin for some time after the treatment, especially with treatment of larger vessels. This will resolve with time as
the body removes the blood vessel remnant.
The post-operative treatment regime may include wearing pressure hose,
avoiding medication containing aspirin and wearing sunscreen. Make sure to discuss these options with your laser practitioner
prior to the treatment.
many treatments will I need?
Depending on the severity of the veins, you may require anywhere between one
and three treatments six weeks apart. The treatment is performed on the existing vessels, diminishing or completely eliminating
their appearance. However, the development of new veins cannot be prevented with laser treatment. If your body tends to develop
vascular problems you will most likely come back for additional treatments.