The VariLite is a dual wavelength (532 nm and 940 nm) laser. This advanced, solid-state, semiconductor-based laser system offers reliability, true portability, efficient operation, and clinical versatility at an affordable price. The system is easy to set up and operate and does not require special electrical or cooling considerations. User friendly controls guide the physician through the control panel for treatment parameter selection and allow easy toggling between wavelengths with a simple switch adjustment.
Ergonomic, low-weight fiber handpieces allow precise control of the treatment location and are ideal for tracing or painting linear and area lesions. The handpieces are dual wavelength, allowing convenient switching between wavelengths during a treatment session, and come in 0.7, 1.0, 1.4, 2.0, and 2.8 mm spot sizes to maximize clinical versatility. High power and short pulse durations permit selective photothermolysis and eliminate postoperative bruising or purpura.
What Type Of Skin Lesions Does The VariLite Treat?
When Do You Use 532 nm vs 940 nm?
The VariLite dual wavelength laser offers 532 nm green and 940 nm infrared wavelengths so the most appropriate treatment wavelength can be easily selected to meet your clinical needs:
What Are The Benefits Of Laser Surgery?
The potential benefits of laser treatment over alternative therapies include improved therapeutic results, reduced risk of infection, precisely controlled surgery which limits injury to normal skin, less scarring in some cases, and a safe and effective outpatient, same day surgery for vascular, pigmented, and Cutaneous lesions.
What Should A Patient Expect During Treatment?
Treatment may vary depending upon patient characteristics and the area being treated. Treatment sessions typically take 10-15 minutes and a treatment program may consist of several office visits.
Patients are advised to remove make-up in the treatment area and to avoid tanning prior to scheduling a treatment. The patient is placed in a reclined position and asked to wear special goggles to protect their eyes from the intense beam of laser light. The doctor uses a pen-like handpiece to direct a beam of laser light to the lesion. Some patients report feeling a stinging sensation during treatment so a cooling gel or system may be used to help alleviate any discomfort.
What Should A Patient Expect After Treatment?
There is minimal post-operative care required after VariLite treatment and patients can immediately resume their daily activities with only a slight redness evident in the treatment area. Final treatment results should be evident 10-14 days after treatment for vascular lesions and within 2-3 weeks after treatment for pigmented lesions.
Some redness may occur in the treatment area immediately following treatment; however, it should subside within several hours. Some swelling may also be experienced and will go away in 1-2 days. Unlike older technologies, VariLite treatment will not cause any purple skin discoloration or bruised appearance to the treated skin.
The clinical versatility of the VariLite allows successful treatment of a variety of vascular and pigmented skin lesions. The strong absorption of the 532 nm wavelength makes the VariLite ideal lasers for treating the following vascular and pigmented lesions.
Telangiectasia: Abnormal dilation of the capillary vessels and arterioles commonly present on the face or legs.
Angiomas: A tumor composed of blood vessels or lymphatic vessels.
Spider Veins: Small vessels found on the legs (laser best when used on veins measuring less than 0.7 mm in diameter).
Port Wine Stains: Reddish-purple superficial hemangiomas that commonly occur as birthmarks.
Rosacea: Red facial lesions around the nose and cheeks causing a sunburn look.
Keratoses: Slightly elevated pigmented spots found on the back and hands.
Dermatosis Papalosis Nigra (DPN): Small, black macules seen primarily on Asian and African nationalities.
Lentigines: Small, tan to brown macules that can arise on the skin surface or mucous membrane. Usually present on skin that has received excessive sun exposure.
Café-au-lait: Light brown, flat macules that are often first apparent at birth (1 cm – 20 cm diameter).
Are laser treatments safe?
Yes. Lasers have been used in medicine for a wide range of treatments since the early 1960s by many specialties. In the hands of a trained healthcare professional, the use of a laser is safe and effective.
How does the laser work?
A laser generates an intense beam of light. This beam brings energy to a specific site, through a small handpiece connected to the laser.
The laser light is absorbed by oxyhemoglobin (bright red blood cells carrying oxygen) and melanin/pigment (black or brown pigment found in the skin) causing decomposition or destruction by heat of unwanted cells while leaving healthy cells intact.
What is a vascular lesion?
A vascular lesion is formed by abnormally large or numerous blood vessels located directly under the surface of the skin. These vessels may be visible through the skin or result in a red appearance of the skin. Spider veins (telangiectasia), shown to the right, are the most common vascular lesions.
What is a pigmented lesion?
Melanin is the dark pigment present in skin and is produced by melanocytes. Pigmented lesions occur when an abundance of melanocytes are found in the skin. When dark pigment multiplies, it forms freckles, brown age spots and moles. Lentigines, pictured to the right, are an example of a pigmented lesion.
What should a patient expect during and after treatment?
Treatment may vary, depending upon patient characteristics and the area being treated.
You will be asked to wear special goggles to protect your eyes from the intense beam of laser light.
You will be placed in a reclined position, depending on the location of treatment. The doctor will use a pencil thin handpiece to direct a beam of laser light to the lesion. In most cases, anesthesia is not required.
Some patients report feeling a slight stinging sensation during the treatment followed by some redness which usually goes away in 2-4 hours. Some swelling may also be experienced and may last 1-2 days. There will not be any purple skin discoloration or bruised appearance to the treated skin.
Postoperative care is minimal. Your doctor may ask you to use an anti-bacterial ointment on the treated area for a short period of time and will suggest that you stay out of the sun during the healing process.
Final treatment results should be evident within 10-14 days after treatment for vascular lesions and within 2-3 weeks after treatment for pigmented lesions. In the meantime, normal daily activities can be resumed with only a slight redness evident at the treatment area.
What does the laser look and sound like?
The laser is small – about the size of a VCR. As pulses of energy leave the end of the handpiece fiber, you will hear a soft beeping sound.
What conditions are treated with the laser?
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 around the nose and cheeks causing a sunburn look
Lentigines – a flat, brown spot on the skin present on skin with frequent sun exposure
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
As a patient, what does the laser mean to me? What are the benefits?
Excellent and consistent outcome minimal to no discoloration, swelling or complications
Friendly and gentle treatment typically performed without anesthesia or pain
Simple treatment minimal care before and after treatment
How will I know if laser treatment is right for me?
Ask your doctor. After a brief examination, your doctor will be able to determine if laser treatment is appropriate for you.