DFW Skin Surgery Center
1115 W. Randol Mill Rd
Suite 200
 Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 303-6647 (MOHS)
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DFW Skin Surgery Center, PLLC
1115 W. Randol Mill Road, Suite 200, Arlington, TX 76012
(817) 303-6647 (MOHS)
Fax: (817) 303-6651


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Treatment of Vascular Lesions
Vascular, or blood-vessel, lesions comprise a large group of partially related conditions. Some, such as port-wine stains and hemangiomas, may appear at or shortly after birth, while others, such as telangiectasias (“broken blood vessels”) often appear later in life due to excessive sun exposure or such conditions as rosacea. Whatever the reason, vascular lesions are often quite conspicuous and disturbing to the patient.

Lasers have long been used for various skin conditions. In fact, vascular lasers were the first to be used in medical practice. Lasers produce intense beams of light, which can selectively target skin lesions based on their emitted wavelength.

Vascular lasers target a component of blood called hemoglobin, which imparts it its red color. When enough energy is applied to the vessel, the vessel is destroyed and subsequently disappears.

Multiple lasers and laser-like devices have been introduced for the treatment of vascular lesions. Their selection is typically based on the nature of the specific lesion. Some are more effective at tracing out tiny capillaries, or telangiectasias, on the face. Others are better at treating larger lesions, such as port-wine stains, hemangiomas, and venous lakes (bluish blebs typically occurring on the lower lip). Still others, such as intense pulsed light (IPL) devices, allow for the treatment of overall redness, such as that seen in rosacea or sun-damaged skin.

These devices are very well tolerated and patients are generally able to return to their regular activities immediately following the treatment. Though mild redness may occur, it is typically short-lived, usually lasting from several hours to a day. Some devices may produce purple color immediately surrounding the lesion, which may be covered with a concealer. 

Depending on the lesion, several treatment sessions may be necessary for the best outcome. In such cases, Dr. Berlin will notify you before commencing your treatment regimen.

If you would like to find out more about these or any other procedures or would like to schedule a personal consultation with Dr. Berlin, please contact our office today or use the form on the right to request more information.