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.
"I am so thrilled that I chose Dr. Klausner as my plastic surgeon, she is absolutely phenomenal. During my visits for both surgical and non-surgical procedures, she gave me her undivided, focused attention. She attends to the smallest of details - - which is what you want in a plastic surgeon - - and I trust her completely. She and her team have been with me every step of the way during this journey and I cannot imagine seeing any other facial plastic surgeon. I love visiting Dr. Klausner's office and seeing Melissa and Jeslyne, and I am so happy I found the Klausner Institute!"- A. / Healthgrades / Mar 13, 2022
"Dr. Klausner is hands down the best! She performed a sinus surgery and straightened my septum in 2017 and I could not be happier with the result. Dr. Klausner truly listens to her patients and provides expert guidance and thorough explanations for her recommended approach. When I saw her the day following my surgery she gave me a gentle face wash all around the area and I could've cried it felt so nice. Her follow up with me was impeccable. She took great care of me through my entire recovery journey. Can not recommend Dr. Klausner enough!!"- A. / Google / Feb 25, 2022
"Dr. Klausner is hands down the best! She performed a sinus surgery and straightened my septum in 2017 and I could not be happier with the result. Dr. Klausner truly listens to her patients and provides expert guidance and thorough explanations for her recommended approach. When I saw her the day following my surgery she gave me a gentle face wash all around the area and I could've cried it felt so nice. Her follow up with me was impeccable. She took great care of me through my entire recovery journey. Can not recommend Dr. Klausner enough!!"- A.F. / Google / Feb 02, 2022
"I met with Dr. Klausner to have a large cyst removed from the bridge of my nose in between my eyes. It had become infected and was very painful. My local ER doctor had sliced it open to drain it and I was left with a big gaping wound on my face. Needless to say, I was distraught and very self-conscious. Dr. Klausner was incredible. She inspected the prior doctor’s work and made a few careful incisions to further drain the cyst. It was clear that it was something that had been under the surface for quite a number of years and Dr. Klausner was very thorough in her inquiry and considered all possible causes. Our first consultation lasted for almost two hours. Because of the location of the cyst, she sent me to have an MRI to ensure that it was not connected to any of the bone. When the infection subsided and it was ready to be removed, Dr. Klausner patiently and carefully excised the whole thing. She has also scheduled several follow-up appointments with me to check on how I am healing. I do have a small scar, which was expected, but it it’s getting flatter and less noticeable every day. I cannot speak highly enough about my experience with Dr. Klausner. Highly recommend."- E.R. / Google / Jan 01, 2022
"So grateful that I found Dr. Klausner. She is an amazig doctor and person. After going to numerous doctors/surgeons for my large nasal perforation and saddling she was the only one who listened and diagnosed my problem. She gave me a detailed plan on how to proceed. She was very empathetic, kind and patient through the entire process. My surgery was extremely complicated but I'm happy to report a success! No other surgeon wanted to help me as they all said it was not possible to close such a large perforation. Dr. Klausner did it!!! She has truly changed my life!"- T.R. / Google / Nov 02, 2021
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.
VariLite laser FAQs
What causes hyperpigmentation and other skin problems?
Hyperpigmentation can be caused by factors like excess sun exposure. Other conditions like rosacea result from genetic as well as environmental factors. Whether you have one or several skin issues, the VariLite laser can address a wide range of problems to give you a more even complexion. Our New York staff is here to help you achieve your best skin ever.
Is the VariLite laser safe?
The VariLite laser is safe for most people, especially when administered by a professional like Dr. Klausner. However, there are a few people who are not candidates for treatment at this time. Prevent adverse effects by informing our team about any health conditions and current medications. Our team is more than happy to answer any questions you may have about the VariLite laser.
Will I be happy with the results?
Most people are happy with the outcomes of their VariLite laser treatment. However, each person's skin is unique and actual results may vary. You will likely see an improvement in your complexion, but keep in mind that it can take several sessions to achieve your goals. We recommend attending a consultation to find out if the VariLite laser is the right treatment for you.