Vascular lesions that can be treated at Laserderm include:

  • Port Wine Stain birthmarks (PWS)
  • Hemangiomas
  • Mixed or venous Malformations
  • Venous Lakes
  • Facial telangiectasia (spider veins)
  • Leg telangiectasia
  • Redness or flushing skin associated with Rosacea

What causes vascular irregularity and what can be done for it?

Vascular lesions present as red or purple hued spots on the skin due to a dilatation of blood vessels in the superficial and sometimes deep layers of the skin. Laser energy is absorbed by the hemoglobin in blood and is then converted to thermal energy. This thermal effect on the blood vessel results in the vessel becoming “disabled”. Once the blood vessel or vein is permanently injured the body will clear it away over several weeks. This results in fading of the vein or with repeated treatments, completely cleared blood vessels or redness.

Laserderm is still the only Independent Health Facility approved by the Ministry of Health to treat benign vascular lesions. Port-wine stains on the head and neck, and birthmarks exceeding 10 cm diameter on the extremities are still insured in adults. All vascular lesions in any location and port-wine stains but excluding spider nevi, are still covered as an insured benefit for Ontario under 18 years of age. Click here to learn more about Port-wine stains and vascular birthmarks.

**Special note about pediatric birthmark treatment:
Early detection and proper diagnosis of hemangiomas in infants and children, in particular, is critical in avoiding facial deformity and further medical complications that can be associated with large hemangiomas. While most patients are referred to Laserderm by their family doctor or general dermatologist, parents are welcome to seek a consultation with Dr. Laughlin by contacting the Laserderm office directly. To schedule a consultation please click here for contact info.

Few centers could match the array of proven technologies of Laserderm, which affords us the ability to tailor a distinctive treatment program for the special needs of each patient. Dr. Laughlin may combine different laser therapies for some patients in order to achieve the optical treatment outcome.


– Candela Pulsed Dye Laser-1B laser
– Candela V-Beam laser
– Cutera Excel V: KTP/Nd:YAG laser
– Laserscope Lyra laser
– Syneron Aurora SR and SRA elosTM (light+radiofrequency)
– Sciton BBL

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