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Leg Vein Therapy
Leg Vein Therapy

Venous Disease (Leg Veins)

Venous disease covers a wide spectrum of conditions, ranging from minor unsightly leg telangiectasia to pathological varicose veins and chronic venous insufficiency with or without venous ulceration.

Refer to Dr Lisa Marks.

Dr Lisa Marks at Adelaide Plastic Surgery is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Phlebology and provides assessment and treatment options for the full range of venous disorders.

Investigations
Your patients will be fully assessed. In most patients, a duplex ultrasound mapping scan is performed including mapping of branch varicosities and vein diameters. A management plan will be developed to suit each individual patient.

Treatment
Treatment options include:

  • Microsclerotherapy
  • Ultrasound Guided Sclerotherapy, and
  • Endovenous laser therapy using the 1470nm Biolitec laser system.

Compression stockings are provided for post procedure wear.

Pigmentation

Age spots, freckles, birthmarks and hyperpigmentation (Chloasma and Melasma) are all variations of pigmentation issues caused by a variety of reasons. More than one treatment may be required.

Investigation
Usually no investigation is necessary.

Treatment
Treatment options include:

  • Laser treatment via Pico Second Laser
  • Pigment specific skin care can be used to reduce pigmentation.

Refer to Adelaide Plastic Surgery Laser Nurse or Plastic Surgeon.

Vascular Lesions

Facial telangiectasia, Port Wine Birthmarks, Campbell De Morgan spots and Rosacea are all forms of vascular lesions. Many of these lesions can be successfully treated by a variety of laser therapies.

Investigation
Usually no investigation is necessary. 

Treatment

The yellow light of these lasers is absorbed by the red vessels causing selective damage which leads to them shrinking and disappearing. More than one treatment may be required

Treatment options include:

  • Laser treatment via Copper Bromide (CuB laser) or Flash Pump Dye Laser.

Refer to Adelaide Plastic Surgery Laser Nurse or Plastic Surgeon.

Tattoo Removal

Tattoo regret is the most common reason for tattoo removal. Selective and or partial removal of tattoos can also be performed so that correction and improvement can be made. Multiple treatments are always required, the number of treatments required is different for every tattoo and can depend on the age and colour of the tattoo.

Advice
The tattoo must be at least 6 months old prior to beginning treatment. Multiple treatments are always required.

Treatment
The specific wavelengths of the laser are able to target specific ink colours, shattering the particles allowing the body to naturally reabsorb the ink. Treatment options include:

  • Laser treatment via Revlight or Pico Second Laser

Refer to Adelaide Plastic Surgery Laser Nurse.

Acne Scarring

Scarring caused by Acne can be treated once the Acne is no longer active

Advice
Active Acne should be treated by referral to a Dermatologist. Dr Paul Armenores and Dr Kyoko Shirato (Medical Lasers and Dermatology) who work closely with our Plastic Surgeons should be referred to if the Acne is active. Medical Lasers and Dermatology are co-located in our building.

Treatment
Laser rejuvenation, sometimes also known as ‘resurfacing’ or ‘laser peel’, uses either a Sciton erbium or Ultrapulse laser to remove areas of damaged or scarred skin layer by layer. These procedures are generally performed as a day procedure under general anaesthetic (if full face).

Refer to Plastic Surgeon.