Jerome D. Chao, MD FACS

13 Century Hill Drive

 Latham, NY 12110

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What precautions should I take after treatment?

After laser treatment, prevent sun exposure by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above).  In the first few days after treatment, don't scrub or rinse the treated areas with abrasive skin cleansers.  Your practitioner may advise additional precautions.

 How many treatment sessions will I need?

The number of sessions depends on the treatment your require and the condition of your skin.  Multiple treatments may be required, but many factors impact the efficacy of individual laser treatments, including the severity of the condition being treated. Individual results and experience may vary.

What can I expect during treatment?

Treatment will take place in one of our esthetic treatment rooms.  You will wear safety eyewear to protect your eyes from the laser light.  Your practitioner will guide the laser to the treatment areas with a small hand piece.  Each laser pulse may be preceded and followed by a short pulse of cooling spray.  A treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area being treated.

What can I expect after treatment?

A cool compress or gel pack may be applied for comfort following your treatment.  Any redness or swelling should resolve within a few hours. Individual results and experience may vary.

Are there any side effects?

Your risks are minimal.  Side effects  may include redness, swelling, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, blistering and purpura (a laser bruise) in the treated areas - these usually do not last more than a few days.  Be sure to discuss potential side effects with your practitioner.

Laser Treatment for Leg & Facial Veins

Chao Plastic Surgery | Latham, NY

How can I prepare for treatment?

Your skin should be thoroughly cleaned and dried, removing any makeup, creams, oils, topical anesthetic or self-tanning products before laser treatment.  If you have a history of herpes simplex virus and are scheduled for facial vein treatment, prophylactic antiviral therapy may be prescribed.  The intended treatment area should not be exposed to sunlight or tanning booth light for 14 days prior to treatment.

How does the laser treatment work?

The GentleYAG laser creates a beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deeply into skin tissue, where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat to the targeted blood vessels.  Candela's patented  Dynamic Cooling Device (DCD) technology protects the upper layers if your skin with a cooling burst of cryogen.  Together, the long-pulse laser and DCD cooling offer optimal treatment with minimal side effects. Individual results and experience may vary.

The photographs contained in this website are for the purpose of illustration only. They represent the average outcome for the procedure described. Chao Plastic Surgery does not and cannot offer any guarantee as to the outcome for any individual. Your results may be significantly different from the results represented in the before-and-after photography of Chao Plastic Surgery.

Does it hurt?

Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with each laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin.  This discomfort resolves in several seconds and is minimized by Candela's DCD cooling.  For some patients, a topical anesthetic may be used prior to treatment. Be sure to discuss this with your practitioner. Individual results and experience may vary.