Dr Davin Lim uses several types of lasers to treat broken capillaries, rosacea, pigmentation, flushing and blushing, as well as birthmarks. Vascular laser can also treat stretch marks as well as spider veins on the leg. Using special cooling systems, treatments are much less painful than IPL, and are quicker but more effective. Most conditions also carry a Medicare Rebate.

Facts on vascular laser treatments

  • I use 3 different vascular lasers for our blood vessel- red spots and rosacea treatments
  • These lasers can safely and effectively treat broken capillaries, flushing and blushing, rosacea as well as spider leg veins and birthmarks
  • Vascular laser can also be very effective in the treatment of early red-purple stretch marks and red acne scars
  • Treatments take between one to two seconds (eg for a red spot), and can extend 3-4 minutes for treating facial flushing and blushing
  • A special system called DCD or Dynamic Cooling Device protects the skin, but also markedly reduces pain
  • Overall, laser treatments with Gentlelase and V Beam are much less painful than IPL treatments
  • IPL stands for Intense Pulse Light and is not a laser
  • IPL is good for a general treatment, whilst vascular lasers are very specific in its target- red
  • Different vascular lasers are used according to the depth and diameter of the blood vessels, as well as the patient’s skin type

What conditions can be treated with vascular lasers?

Skin conditions due to blood vessel damage are best treated with vascular lasers. Laser targets the blood with in the vessels, and passes the heat to the vessel wall, effectively ‘sealing them off.’

Skin conditions I can effectively treat using our vascular lasers


  • Broken capillaries found on the nose, cheeks and chin
  • Spider veins on the legs
  • Red spots and dots including Spider Naevi and Campbell de Morgan spots
  • Flushing and blushing as well as general redness (using our Paint Mode system)
  • Stretch marks – especially early pink to red/ purple ones (early stretch marks)
  • Birthmarks and blebs
  • Red acne scarring- called macular erythema

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Does the treatment hurt?

Vascular laser treatment is well tolerated and feels like a rubber band flicking on your skin. Using Syneron Candella’s unique DCD or Dynamic Cooling Device, a stream of cool air is delivered to the treatment area a fraction of a second before the laser pulse- this results in-

  1. Less pain
  2. Protection of the upper layers of the skin

No local numbing cream is needed for vascular laser. 8/10 patients rate vascular laser as being less painful than IPL treatment.

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How long does it take to treat broken blood vessels and red faces?

Treatments can be as quick as one second for spider veins or several minutes to treat conditions such as rosacea / flushing and blushing and large birth marks.

In general, the larger the area, the longer the treatment. Broken capillaries and blood vessels take 2-3 minutes to treat.

How many sessions will I need to remove capillaries and treat redness?

From one to three. In most instances you will require only one session to treat conditions such as facial veins, broken capillaries, and broken blood vessels on the face.

Patients with flushing, blushing and rosacea will require more treatments.

Birthmarks such as Portwine Stains may need between 4- 10 treatments, depending on the location, size and age of the birthmark. Generally, the earlier I treat birthmarks, the better the response. 

Are there any side effects with vascular lasers?

Side effects are exceedingly rare following red vascular laser treatments- mostly because of our skill level in training, but also in part due to the laser we use. The integrated cooling system we have with our lasers protect the upper surface of the skin, reducing unwanted side effects such as broken skin, skin darkening and blisters.

Can spider leg veins be treated with Vascular laser?

Yes, in many cases small vessels (less than 1.5 mm) can be safely and effectively treated with the 1064 nm GentleMax laser.  Even though spider veins can be treated with laser, a more effective and simple solution is sclerotherapy. This is especially useful for thread veins and spider veins on the legs. Treatments take 20 minutes to perform and start from only $198

Large varicose veins are not treatable with vascular lasers, and a referral to a Vascular Specialist like Dr Andrew Cartmill is advised. Dr Cartmill as one of Queenland’s experts in the treatment of varicose veins.

Can birthmarks be treated with vascular laser?

Yes. This is one of my speciality laser procedures, having trained with the one the best Vascular Laser Dermatologist,  Dr Philip Bekhor at the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne. I use 3 types of vascular lasers to address red birthmarks. The 595 V Beam, the 755 Alex, and the 1064 long pulse Nd Yag laser. Rarely I use IPL for port wine stains that do not respond to the 595 V Beam. 

Medicare provides a significant rebate for the treatment of birthmarks by a Specialist.

More on treating Port Wine Stains and Birthmarks

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Port Wine birthmark removal is possible with vascular lasers. Treatments are performed by Dr Davin Lim, laser dermatologist.

What type of stretch marks can be treated with vascular laser?

Early stretch marks are best treated with Vascular laser- in fact the early the treatment the better the results. What is the difference between old and early stretch marks? The colour. Early stretch marks are pink-red-purple in colour and contain lots of blood vessels. These blood vessels are the target for vascular lasers such as the V Beam Laser.

Older stretch marks are white, papery or silver in colour, these have very little blood vessels are best treated with either Fraxel laser, Infini microneedling RF with PRP, or the CO2 CORE Laser. Old stretch marks are much harder to treat compared to new ones. 

More on treating stretch marks

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What is the difference between IPL and vascular laser?

IPL stands for intense pulse light, and is not a laser but focused and filtered light. Laser is a more specific treatment – consider it a refined instrument specially designed for one particular job. IPL is like a Swiss Army Tool- average to good for many things like pigmentation, age spots, rejuvenation, and redness, whilst lasers focus on one particular colour.

Vascular lasers have multiple wavelengths- this enables me to choose a particular laser depending on your skin colour, and the conditions I am treating- namely broken blood vessels, rosacea, stretch marks, birthmarks, or red acne scars. 

Laser is more powerful than IPL, and hence less treatments are needed. Additionally with the unique cooling system or DCD (Dynamic Cooling Device) of the V Beam or the Gentle Pro Max enables safer and less painful treatments.

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How much does each laser treatment session cost?

Cost depends on what is treated and the areas treated.

As a rough guide,

  • V Beam and vascular lasers performed by Dr Davin Lim-$380 to $410 out of pocket
  • In most cases Medicare gives a rebate for the procedure
  • Birthmarks and Port Wine Stains carry a significant Medicare rebate

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Are laser treatments claimable on Medicare or Private Health insurance?

Depends. Medicare claims are possible if laser treatments are carried out by specialists doctors, and if the blood vessel can be seen at 3 meters or more and located on the face. Medicare does also cover for birthmarks such as port wine stains. In this situation patients are referred to Dr Davin Lim at Westside Dermatology for Laser Specialist management.

If appropriate, our staff at Laser Dermatology Australia will refer you to Dr Lim for treatment.

What is the difference between my treatments and beauty spas and clinics that offer laser –IPL?

Specialist training, and the very latest and best lasers sets us apart from regular cosmetic laser clinics. All our staff and trained and supervised by Dermatologists, specialist in the field of laser and aesthetic medicine. Our extensive network of Specialist, including Dermatologists, Vascular Surgeons, and Plastics ensures that conditions such as birthmarks, and deep varicose veins are referred to the correct people.

We invest in the latest and best lasers and energy devices- leading the field of laser and aesthetic dermatology. Our centre has one of the largest selections of energy devices in Australia. 

IPL can be provided by beauty spas, and cosmetic GPs, and if performed correctly can be effective, however lasers are very precise and specific instruments, designed to treat a particular target- in this case, red. This causes less side effects, discomfort and produces far more superior results than IPL.Specialist training, leading research and development and  the very best equipment sets us apart. 

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My viewpoint on vascular lasers for broken capillaries and facial redness

By Dr Davin Lim
Aesthetic Dermatologist
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Redness, rosacea, flushing and blushing, Port Wine Stains and red dots (called Campbell de Morgan spots, and spider naevi) can all be treated with IPL or with laser. I use both, but for pure ‘red conditions’ treatment, I find that lasers are generally better and hurt less than IPL. IPL is great as a ‘general treatment’ for conditions such as sun damage, freckles, and brown marks.

For rosacea, flushing, blushing and general redness I like the Pulse Dye Laser or V Beam or use the paint mode on the long pulse Nd. Red acne scars are best treated with the V Beam laser.

In the majority of cases patients are entitled to a Medicare rebate for the treatment of ‘red’ skin conditions, in contrast to the treatment of ‘brown’ skin condition like sun damage, liver spots, age spots, or freckles- unfortunately those are the rules set by Medicare. Up to 6 treatments are partially subsidised per annum by Medicare for ‘redness’ including birthmarks, spider naevi and broken blood vessels/ rosacea.