What Is ClearScan, and Why Is It the Best for Blood Vessels and Redness?
Everyone wants to look and feel their absolute best, but sometimes, due to a variety of root causes, redness in the face, rosacea, fine red lines, and spider veins can leave many men and women feeling self-conscious and just not quite themselves. When this is the case, many dermatologists recommend minimally invasive treatment options like ClearScan vascular and redness treatment to restore an even, smooth tone to the skin.
What Causes the Appearance of Blood Vessels on the Skin?
This is one of the most common questions people ask their dermatologist. The appearance of spider veins is actually caused by dilated capillaries. Capillaries are much smaller than blood vessels, and their purpose is to connect the various larger blood vessels (arteries and veins) throughout the body. When their internal valves fail, the result is the thin, red or blue thread-like appearance on the skin that is characteristic of spider veins. Although spider veins are not typically a medical concern, they can be an unwanted aesthetic feature.
So how do capillaries malfunction in the first place? There are a number of reasons why a capillary might become permanently dilated, the most common including genetics, hormonal fluctuations, pregnancy, trauma and leg injuries. Other possibilities relate to certain medical conditions, obesity, alcohol use, smoking, and the natural aging process. (Thrombocyte)
What Causes Redness of the Skin?
Generalized redness of the skin can also be caused by tiny broken capillaries in the face, which give an overall red and flushed appearance. Additionally, rosacea, a common skin condition, can cause a similar redness and flushing of the face. Although its exact causes are unknown, many experts believe that rosacea may be linked to genetics and environmental factors. Rosacea differs from other redness of the skin, though, in that it may also cause swollen red bumps similar to acne that may feel hot or tender. While there’s no cure for this skin condition, there are a variety of treatments available that can help to reduce its symptoms, which can include antibiotics, acne medication, and laser skin treatments like ClearScan. (American Academy of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic)
How Does ClearScan Work?
ClearScan works by targeting oxyhemoglobin, the red portion of blood cells, with a laser specifically designed for this purpose. The heat generated by this specific wavelength causes the associated vessels to break down and shrink, reducing or eliminating the flushed appearance of the skin and/or broken capillaries and spider veins. A computer-guided scanner efficiently targets areas of redness and protects the skin. Depending on the size of the area you’d like to have treated, a typical ClearScan session can take anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes. And while many men and women notice significant results following just one treatment, your dermatologist may suggest multiple treatments for best results.
When to Consider Nonsurgical ClearScan Vascular and Redness Treatment
If redness caused by rosacea or broken capillaries or the unwanted appearance of veins on the surface of the skin is interfering with your self-confidence or quality of life, ClearScan may be a great treatment option to consider. One of the benefits of ClearScan is that since it’s a nonsurgical procedure, there’s minimal downtime following treatment sessions, allowing you to return to your normal daily activities immediately afterward. Countless men and women have found that laser treatments like ClearScan have been able to restore the look and feel of their skin, allowing them to more fully enjoy their lives.
Taking the Next Step
When redness and/or spider veins become a noticeable concern, many people turn to their dermatologist to seek treatment advice. He or she will be best equipped to assess your unique situation and help you determine whether or not ClearScan may be the best treatment option for you. When selecting a dermatologist with whom to work, just be sure that he or she is board-certified, experienced, and able to clearly communicate with you. You should feel comfortable and confident that you can communicate your needs and goals with your dermatologist, and that he or she can design a treatment plan custom-tailored to meet those goals.
At Acqua Blu Medical Spa in Pittsburgh and Wexford, we are proud to offer a safe and comfortable experience for each client in our technologically state-of-the-art facilities. Dr. Ana Busquets, our board-certified dermatologist, is a leader in her field and is committed to providing an informative and educational consultation prior to administering the appropriate treatment. For more information about ClearScan vascular and redness treatment, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Busquets, Dr. Susannah McClain, Christopher Foti, MPAS, PA-C, or Zakery Koban, MPAS, PA-C, please contact us at (724) 933-1800, and a member of our friendly team would be happy to assist you.