Broken blood vessels, sun-damaged skin, hyperpigmentation, and excess facial redness are signs of aging that can interfere with your most beautiful appearance and make you feel self-conscious. The FDA-approved VariLite laser from Cutera® safely and effectively reduces benign vascular, pigmented, and cutaneous lesions, as well as redness associated with rosacea.
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. uses the VariLite laser to treat patients who want to get rid of cherry angiomas, spider angiomas, blue facial veins, superficial leg veins, and other vascular issues on the face and body. At the renowned Klausner Institute in New York, NY, you can receive top-of-the-line treatment for these issues under the care of a highly respected and experienced laser surgeon.
""Fantastic experience each and everytime." I have been seeing Dr. Klausner for over seven years and each and every time I am here its a warm reception, detail description of each and every step are explained and never feel rushed just welcomed each time."- T.M. / Google / Apr 01, 2021
"Dr. KlausnerMD is amazing, I’m a middle age woman and I had a few procedures done with her. I wanted to look as natural as possible. Dr. Klausner took her time, and listened....given my skin complexion ( I’m prone to keloids) we worked together regarding what would be my best options. Each procedure produced gratifying results, and I still remained looking like myself. Dr. Klausner makes you feel comfortable and assured...her service is exceptional."- L.M. / Google / Mar 15, 2021
"Dr. Klausner was extremely kind and helpful during our visits, and took the time to answer all of my questions and listen to my concerns. She ran through our plan for surgery in detail, leaving me feeling safe and well assured. It was my first time having surgery and I felt completely comfortable the entire time, which eased my anxiety. I would definitely recommend her!!"- Z.V. / Google / Mar 15, 2021
"Dr. Klausner was one of many surgeons I met with for a revision (third) rhinoplasty. I met ten surgeons and traveled to Burlington, Boston, Albany, and New York City for consultations. At each appointment, it was impossible not to compare everyone to Dr. Klausner. Her ability to gather information, formulate a plan with options that met my needs, and offer feedback on how she could improve my quality of life allowed me to move forward with the procedure. While tertiary surgeries carry higher risks for complications, Dr. Klausner’s expertise and skills will enable you to have a positive outcome. I had several face-to-face appointments with her, phone calls reviewing other providers’ feedback, and a detailed review of prior surgical reports, which led to a thorough plan of care. Dr. Klausner is caring, smart, articulate, and, most of all, genuine. I was concerned that I might not be completely satisfied with improvements versus perfection. Still, with her help, I chose a plan that allowed for satisfaction both functionally and cosmetically. Once I had settled on a surgeon, the difficult challenge of cost and insurance coverage for an out of network provider became another obstacle. Dr. Klausner worked with my insurance company for countless hours to explain and provide evidence to cover the surgery. Choosing an out of area surgeon is unsettling; however, it was worth every bit of time. The aftercare I continue to receive from Dr. Klausner contributes to the success of the procedure. For anybody going through this process, it is the healing process that is the most difficult. Dr. Klausner is there for you every step of the way and not only with the healing process but with treating your skin to look and feel your very best. I am forever grateful to be a patient of Dr. Klausner and look forward to working with her for many years. She is truly a gifted and talented surgeon trained in treating even the most complex cases. My family and friends who have supported me along this journey have also noted how lucky I am to have found her. I highly recommend Dr. Klausner in all aspects of care."- T.A. / Google / Dec 15, 2020
"Dr. Klausner is an amazing doctor/surgeon. She takes time with her patients, listens, makes sure she explains everything in detail, follows up quickly, and is overall amazing at what she does. Her diagnosis was beyond accurate and I didn't even notice I had breathing issues until she brought it up to me. The surgery went well, I had minimal bruising, and my follow-up appointments have been great. I'd recommend her to anybody!"- M.H. / Google / Dec 15, 2020
How does the Varilite laser work?
The VariLite laser generates an intense beam of light that selectively targets a treatment site. Laser light is then absorbed by the red blood cells or melanin, which is responsible for skin pigmentation. The laser causes decomposition by heat, destroying the unwanted cells and leaving healthy cells intact. It can thus be used to treat vascular issues with far less bruising and purple skin discoloration than is often associated with less advanced laser models in today’s market.
The advanced VariLite laser is actually two lasers in one. Its two separate wavelengths enable the VariLite to treat generalized redness or pigment and permanently dilate blood vessels of different sizes.
VariLite laser treatments can reduce or get rid of:
- Hyperpigmentation (brown spots/sun spots)
- 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 usually around the nose and cheeks causing a sunburn look
- Lentigines – flat, brown spots also called liver spots
- 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
What can I expect during treatment?
The VariLite laser treatment is noninvasive and can be performed without anesthesia. During your VariLite laser treatment session, Dr. Klausner utilizes a pen-like handpiece to direct a laser beam of light into the lesion or affected area. You may experience a slight stinging sensation so a cooling gel may be used to eliminate any discomfort. This gentle treatment session usually takes about 10 – 15 minutes. (Several office visits are often required for optimal results.)
Afterward, the treated area may appear slightly red, but this usually subsides within a few hours. Final treatment results are usually realized within 10 – 14 days for vascular lesions and within 2 – 3 weeks for pigmented lesions. Dr. Klausner may recommend applying an antibacterial ointment on the treated area for a short time period. In addition, you should stay out of the sun post-treatment.
During a complimentary consultation in our comfortable Manhattan office, Dr. Klausner will be happy to thoroughly discuss your individualized case and devise a VariLite laser treatment plan that best meets your needs.
How Do I Learn More About Varilite?
VariLite is an extraordinary noninvasive approach to skin health. At the Klausner Institute, we work tirelessly to ensure our New York, NY patients receive the best care and the utmost precision when it comes to their skin. Lee Ann M. Klausner, M.D. looks forward to helping her patients become the best they can be. Recognized as one of NYC's top aesthetic surgeons, you can trust that your face and skin are safe in her capable hands. Reach out today for a consultation, and start on the path to a rejuvenated you.