Reticular veins or spider veins? Pigmentation or skin discolouration?… Richard Evans was asked to talk at the Cutera* University skin laser symposium last weekend on the Gold Coast, ‘What not to treat’ was his focus.

Therapists from Australasia learned about the structure of our veins and what lies beneath and the importance of vein assessment before laser – what the skin laser should be used for, what to avoid and how to identify veins needing specialised treatment.

Richard showed legs with underlying vein issues, eg, those with large red or purple patches, spider veins or veins that popped out more when the client was standing vs lying down.

Not for the faint hearted, there was a plethora of before and after photos but Richard also took a light-hearted approach showcasing some earlier practices for vascular surgery – vein stripping!

Note: The Cutera is the laser machine Laser Aesthetics uses. It gently fades spider veins, facial veins and recent scars, as well as sunspots, fine wrinkles and benign lesions to help improve your overall skin contrast.

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