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Laser Treatment for Veins Removal - Fotona Vein Laser

Do your veins appear more visible on your undereye than most people you know? Prominent veins are a cosmetic nuisance and can lower your aesthetic appeal. They make you look more tired and haggard although you are not.  This is likely due to the fact that the skin around your eyes is thinner than average, causing the structures in your skin, like the blood vessels, to be easily visible. Fortunately, they can be treated specially with lasers, such as the Fotona Vein Laser. Here’s what you need to know about this laser treatment.

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What are Periorbital Veins?

Periorbital veins are small, thin, and delicate veins located around your eyes. They can appear purplish, blue, reddish or greenish and can be seen through the skin due to several factors, such as genetics, ageing and skin complexion. These superficial veins, together with other deep veins, carry blood from parts of your face to the blood vessels in your eyes. These veins are functionally not important and removing them does not cause any harm to your health or the flow of blood in your face.  

What Causes Periorbital Veins to Become Prominent?

The skin under your eyes is extremely thin and, therefore, more sensitive than other parts of your body. Your skin can become more translucent with age, making the veins underneath appear more prominent. There are also several factors that can contribute to this:
  • Genetics – For some people, prominent periorbital veins run in the family.
  • Sun exposure – Frequent exposure to the sun without protective sunglasses and sunscreen can cause periorbital veins to become prominent earlier in life.
  • Lifestyle – Activities like smoking can damage your skin and vascular system, causing the veins to become more apparent.
  • Skin tone – If you have a pale complexion, your veins may appear more prominent.

How does Fotona Vein Laser help with Periorbital Veins?

Fotona vein laser can help to minimise the appearance of periorbital veins using non-ablative, long-pulse Nd: YAG laser energy that penetrates to a depth of 5-6mm into the skin, allowing for highly effective treatments. It is a unique and minimally invasive laser treatment performed by doctors to ensure safe and suitable heating control while providing the best comfort for the patient. During the treatment, the blood in the vein will absorb the energy from the laser and convert it into heat to destroy the vein walls. However, this laser treatment requires specialist skill due to the insertion of metal internal eyeshields. Otherwise, it can result in permanent blindness or partial vision loss. So, treatment of these veins should be undertaken by someone with the appropriate expertise.

What is the treatment process like?

The Fotona vein laser treatment for vein removal is a minimally invasive procedure involving gentle heating of the skin around your eyes without causing thermal or ablative damage to the skin. Compared to conventional Nd: YAG technologies, the Fotona vein laser creates instant temperature increases that are limited to the targeted structures.

Aside from the pulses that gently deliver laser light to the tissues under your eyes, the laser operates at an optimal infrared wavelength of 1064 nm to effectively reduce the appearance of periorbital veins.

Treatment for more prominent periorbital veins usually requires two sessions of laser therapy because an over-aggressive treatment can result in heat damage to the skin around your eyes and potential scarring.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is vein laser treatment, and how does it work?

Vein laser treatment uses a focused beam of light to heat and destroy targeted vein walls, causing causes the vein to collapse and eventually fade from view.

What types of veins can be treated with laser therapy?

Vein laser therapy is typically used to treat periorbital veins, spider veins and small varicose veins.

Is vein laser treatment painful?

Most patients report feeling minor discomfort during the procedure which can be managed with topical numbing cream.

How many treatments will I require?

The number of treatments required will vary depending on the size and location of the veins being treated.  Your doctor will be able to advise upon diagnosis.

What are the potential side effects of vein laser treatment?

Common side effects include redness, swelling, and bruising at the treatment site which should resolve within a couple of days.

How long does it take to recover from vein laser treatment?

Recovery time is generally minimal, with most patients able to resume normal activities immediately after treatment. Having said that, it is recommended to avoid strenuous exercise and hot baths for at least 3 days after the treatment.

Price/Cost of Treatment for Vein Removal – Fotona Vein Laser in Singapore

At SL Aesthetic Clinic, we offer the Fotona Vein Laser treatment starting from $600 to $1000 per session. Prices are subject to prevailing GST. For prices on multiple sessions, you can speak to our doctor to learn more.


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 Yes it is a safe and relatively quick procedure. Fotona IntimaLase is FDA-approved for stress urinary incontinence. It is also effective in vaginal tightening.

Anyone who has given birth vaginally or natural birth or women looking to tighten or maintain their intimate parts. Those with stress urinary incontinence and prolapse can also benefit from this.

The Fotona IntimaLase treatment is unsuitable in the following circumstances:

  • Patients with unrealistic expectations looking to return to how they looked/felt when they were younger
  • Patients with a tendency to form keloid and hypertrophic scars
  • Prior ionising radiation to the area to be treated
  • Patients who have had vaginal or cervical surgeries or cancers
  • Patients with abnormal pap smear results
  • Pregnant women
  • Patients taking photosensitive drugs, or with injury or a vaginal infection
  • Patients with an undiagnosed vaginal bleeding or active menstruation

There is mild discomfort and very rarely some mild swelling.

Patients can go back to their normal active lifestyles after 1-3 days. Usually normal daily activity is fine. There is very minimal downtime. We advise abstaining from penetrative sexual activity 72 hours after treatment.

During the recovery period, there may be some mild discomfort, a warm sensation and very rarely mild swelling which will resolve in a few days.

Usually for severe cases of Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome, 2 treatments initially once month apart and subsequently yearly maintenance. Most patients do well after one treatment and follow up after 8 months to see if another session is needed.  The effects can last 12-16 months.

SL Aesthetic Clinic is one of the few clinics that offer Fotona IntimaLase. The procedure is performed by 2 female doctors, Dr Sue Ho, and Dr Charlene Goh, who have both tried and tested the treatments on themselves and a roster of female volunteers to satisfactory results.

Patients need to have pap smear done first before the treatment. The female doctors at SL Aesthetic Clinic are also equipped to do the pap smear. Pap smear results must be normal, urine culture negative and the vaginal canal free of injuries and bleeding. This should be done preferably 1 week after menstruation. 

Before the laser treatment, the patient’s vagina must be cleansed thoroughly at home.

No special post-treatment instructions are needed. Patients are only advised to avoid sexual activities for a period of 72 hours after each of the treatment sessions.  We also recommended to do a follow up check 2 days after treatment.

Before the laser treatment, the patient’s vagina must be cleansed thoroughly at home.

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