Why Varilite?

The FDA-approved VariLite laser from Cutera® safely and effectively reduces benign vascular, pigmented, and cutaneous lesions, as well as redness associated with rosacea. Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. uses the VariLite laser to treat patients who want to get rid of cherry angiomas, spider angiomas, blue facial veins, superficial leg veins, and other vascular issues on the face and body. At the renowned Klausner Institute in New York, NY, you can receive top-of-the-line treatment for these issues under the care of a highly respected and experienced laser surgeon.

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What Are The Benefits Of The Varilite Laser?

The Klausner Institute uses top-of-the-line technology to deliver beautiful, natural-looking outcomes. The VariLite laser is able to selectively target areas of pigmentation and broken blood vessels while leaving the surrounding tissue unharmed. This means you can achieve great results with minimal risk of side effects. Treatment is also fast and comfortable, and you can typically expect results within a short period. Our patients report high levels of satisfaction with treatment and results!

Who Is A Good Candidate For Varilite Laser Treatments?

VariLite laser sessions at the Klausner Institute can help minimize the appearance of small- to medium-sized veins or hyperpigmentation on the body and face. Visible blood vessels and hyperpigmentation are typically not a pressing medical issue; however, they are considered unwanted. Affected people tend to avoid certain clothes (such as shorts and swimsuits) or use a large amount of cosmetics to attempt to mask their veins or sun spots. Laser vein, lesion, and hyperpigmentation reduction with VariLite is best for patients who have good overall health, do not have a history of blood clots, and are not pregnant.

How Does The Varilite Laser Work?

The VariLite laser generates an intense beam of light that selectively targets a treatment site. Laser light is then absorbed by the red blood cells or melanin, which is responsible for skin pigmentation. The laser causes decomposition by heat, destroying the unwanted cells and leaving healthy cells intact. It can thus be used to treat vascular issues with far less bruising and purple skin discoloration than is often associated with less advanced laser models in today’s market.

The advanced VariLite laser is actually two lasers in one. Its two separate wavelengths enable the VariLite to treat generalized redness or pigment and permanently dilate blood vessels of different sizes.

VariLite laser treatments can reduce or get rid of:

  • Hyperpigmentation (brown spots/sun spots)
  • Telangiectasia – facial spider veins caused by a dilation of capillary vessels or arterioles
  • Cherry angiomas – slightly raised, red lesions
  • Spider angiomas – slightly raised, red, spider-like lesions
  • Rosacea – red facial lesions usually around the nose and cheeks causing a sunburn look
  • Lentigines – flat, brown spots also called liver spots
  • Keratoses – slightly elevated pigmented spots often found on the back and hands
  • Freckles – a brownish spot on the skin common on people with fair skin
  • Dermatosis papulosis nigra – small, black marks seen primarily on people of Asian or African descent
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What Can I Expect During Treatment?

The VariLite laser treatment is noninvasive and can be performed without anesthesia. During your VariLite laser treatment session, Dr. Klausner utilizes a pen-like handpiece to direct a laser beam of light into the lesion or affected area. You may experience a slight stinging sensation, so a cooling gel may be used to eliminate any discomfort. This gentle treatment session usually takes about 10 – 15 minutes. (Several office visits are often required for optimal results.)

Afterward, the treated area may appear slightly red, but this usually subsides within a few hours. Final treatment results are usually realized within 10 – 14 days for vascular lesions and within 2 – 3 weeks for pigmented lesions. Dr. Klausner may recommend applying an antibacterial ointment on the treated area for a short time period. In addition, you should stay out of the sun post-treatment.

During a complimentary consultation in our comfortable Manhattan office, Dr. Klausner will be happy to thoroughly discuss your individualized case and devise a VariLite laser treatment plan that best meets your needs.

How Do I Learn More About Varilite?

VariLite is an extraordinary noninvasive approach to skin health. At the Klausner Institute, we work tirelessly to ensure our New York, NY patients receive the best care and the utmost precision when it comes to their skin. Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. looks forward to helping her patients become the best they can be. Recognized as one of NYC's top aesthetic surgeons, you can trust that your face and skin are safe in her capable hands. Reach out today for a consultation, and start on the path to a rejuvenated you.

What causes hyperpigmentation and other skin problems?

Hyperpigmentation can be caused by factors like excess sun exposure. Other conditions like rosacea result from genetic as well as environmental factors. Whether you have one or several skin issues, the VariLite laser can address a wide range of problems to give you a more even complexion. Our New York staff is here to help you achieve your best skin ever.

Is the VariLite laser safe?

The VariLite laser is safe for most people, especially when administered by a professional like Dr. Klausner. However, there are a few people who are not candidates for treatment at this time. Prevent adverse effects by informing our team about any health conditions and current medications. Our team is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the VariLite laser.

Will I be happy with the results?

Most people are happy with the outcomes of their VariLite laser treatment. However, each person's skin is unique and actual results may vary. You will likely see an improvement in your complexion, but keep in mind that it can take several sessions to achieve your goals. We recommend attending a consultation to find out if the VariLite laser is the right treatment for you.

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