How does CoolGlide Vein Therapy work?
The Cutera CoolGlide systems deliver pulses of light energy which
cause the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying
the vessel which is later reabsorbed by your body. Blood flow will
then be redirected.
Who can be treated with the Cutera CoolGlide?
The Cutera CoolGlide features a unique design and long
wavelength that allows treatment of patients of all skin tones.
Your physician will advise you if CoolGlide Vein Therapy is
right for you.
What types of veins can be treated?
The Cutera CoolGlide can remove unsightly veins from all parts
of the body. Small, facial veins (or "telangiectasia") can be treated
quickly without bruising or complication. Spider veins and large blue
leg veins can also be treated with excellent results. Knotty varicose
veins are not good candidates. A careful evaluation with your
physician will help you determine which vessels can be treated and
the best course of treatment.
How does this compare to Sclerotherapy?
Your doctor will advise you on the best course of action, but many
physicians and patients prefer CoolGlide Vein Therapy because there
are no painful injections.
What about blood blisters and port wine stains?
Blood blisters or "hemangiomas" respond very well to CoolGlide
Vein Therapy, usually with just one treatment. Patients with port
wine stains and other vascular lesions who had given up on finding
a solution have been overwhelmed by the success of their CoolGlide
vascular treatments. Consult your physician for a thorough
How many treatments will I need?
Often, patients find that one or two treatments are sufficient. However,
the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color,
and size of the vessels being treated. Since individual results vary, ask
your medical professional about your specific condition.
Do the treatments hurt?
Most patients experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of
energy are delivered through the handpiece. Although no local anesthesia
or pain medication is typically required, many patients
opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Following the treatment,
the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
What happens after the treatment?
Following your treatment, some redness or bruising may occur.
When larger veins are treated, a tan or brownish pigment may persist
for a few weeks or months following treatment. Patients who have leg
vein treatments may be advised to wear support hose for a short
period of time.
What are the possible side effects?
Although many patients report few if any side effects, those most commonly
noticed are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin.
These effects typically last for less than 24 hours. Some patients may
experience bruising and, in rare instances, blistering may occur.
Consult with your medical professional for more information.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment?
Patients generally resume most normal activities immediately.
However, it is recommended that you avoid rigorous activities such as
strenuous exercise for the first 24 hours after treatment. The use of
sunscreen is recommended on any treated areas exposed to the sun.
As always, it is a good idea to limit your sun exposure.
When will I see results?
Most patients find that the majority of the treated veins have
shown significant improvement within two to six weeks of
treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for
several months. Over time, it is possible for new veins to appear,
but these too can be removed with the Cutera CoolGlide.