The CoolGlide system safely and effectively delivers pulses of light energy to remove a wide range of veins by causing the vein to gently heat up, shrink, and disappear over time.
Most patients achieve a significant reduction in the appearance of their veins. Factors such as long periods of standing, age, and genetics contribute to new veins. Consider once yearly treatments to “clean up” any new veins that appear.
Things to Do:
- Use concealer over the treated area until the pigment flakes off (Some spots will not darken after treatment but will show signs of lightening about a week after treatment)
- ALWAYS use sunblock! Even on a rainy, cloudy day, UV rays can still penetrate the clouds
- Use a high-quality moisturizer
Things to Avoid:
- Avoid exposing the treated areas to direct sunshine outdoors for the first 4 days
- Do not swim in chlorinated pools or hot tubs for 2 days (the day of treatment and the day after) following the procedure
- Do not use any masks at home for one week
- Do not get any professional facials done for 14 days
- Do not use abrasive or exfoliating cleansers for 14 days
- Do not expose the treated area to extreme sun exposure (for example, several hours on the beach without a hat) for 6 weeks
- Do not use fading or bleaching agents for 14 days
- Do not use any products containing alpha or beta hydroxy acids, lactic acid, retinoids, glycolic acid, or vitamin C for 14 days
- Most patients return to their regular routines quickly with virtually no after-care required
- Redness around the treated area usually goes away in a few days
- When larger veins are treated, a tan or brownish pigment may persist for a few weeks or months following treatment
- Some of these vessels may refill, requiring another treatment before it disappears permanently
- Commonly, treated vessels tend to develop a dried, scab like appearance; this is normal
- If the scabs open up, or if they increase in size, make sure to call our office
- If you had cherry hemangiomas (small, round red bumps that look like red moles) treated, these will turn brown and develop a small scab.
- Do not pick at the scab! Keep the area moist with triple antibiotic ointment for about a week. After a couple of weeks, the scab will fall off and a white mark will remain. This white mark will fade over a period of several months, eventually disappearing.