Vascular Lesions: The Evolution of Dye Lasers
Vascular lesions are often a cause of great concern to patients. Treatment is sought for a variety of reasons including cosmesis, pain, bleeding, or disfigurement.
In the late 1960s, lasers became one of the tools for treating vascular anomalies. Although these lasers were effective, they often caused unacceptable side effects, such as scarring and permanent dyspigmentation. This limited the use of lasers for vascular surgery.
Subsequently, progress in the theory of selective photothermolysis showed that determining the appropriate wavelength, pulse duration, and fluence enables physicians to selectively target haemoglobin within blood vessels without damaging surrounding tissue, such as skin. As a result, side effects such as dyspigmentation and scarring have become minimal.
The Synchro VASQ is the new selective pulsed dye laser system for the treatment of Port Wine Stain (PWS), widespread vascularisations and superficial pigmented stains. Its wavelength (595nm) is considered in international scientific literature to be the best wavelength for absorption by haemoglobin.
This technology offers a wider range of spot sizes, fluences, pulse durations and peak powers to solve a wide range of problems connected with severe multi approach scarring and borderline applications in all the various types, ages and conditions, without producing any significant pigmentary and textural complications.
Also, its ability to control purpura generation via either dye Laser or RightLight™ handpiece , makes Synchro VASQ the right device for optimal scar maintenance whenever a vascular component is involved.
“I have been using Synchro VASQ for about one year now for vascular malformations and anomalies such as severe PWS, but also for superfical erythroses which cannot normally be treated with PDL because of the purpura it generates and the consequent pain and discomfort for patients. In my experience, this is the very first time a dye laser has been able to achieve such a great result.” (Paolo Bonan MD, ESLD Key Officer Education, In Charge of Laser Cutaneous Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery Unit – Villa Donatello Clinic – Florence – Italy)