Can laser light therapy repair a deep tissue bruise?

I have a deep tissue bruise on my leg just above my ankle that has been there for years. I have done red light therapy at the tanning salon and it has lightened up the bruise, but I want it gone. Do you do anything like that?

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Replied on 7/3/2012

By: VeinCare Centers of Tennessee  |  Stephen F. Daugherty, M.D.,F.A.C.S.
Clarksville, TN

Many patients believe they have a deep bruise in the lower extremity for years but these usually are clusters of many small enlarged veins. Light therapy rarely works because these clusters of veins are fed blood from deeper in the tissues. Foam sclerotherapy often works well for these after determining the location of any veins feeding blood to these abnormal veins or venous malformations.

Replied on 7/3/2012

By: Sutton Place Laser Vein + Hair Removal  |  Richard L. Mueller, MD, FACC, FACP, RPVI
New York, NY

Unfortunately, our lasers treat veins both at the skin surface and deeper veins internally, as well as cause hair reduction, but they are not able to remove a deep tissue bruise. Perhaps a dermatologist may have a different wavelength laser for such use, but i am doubtful. Sorry and best of luck!

Replied on 7/3/2012

By: Laser Vein Center  |  Thomas Wright, M.D., F.A.C.P., R.V.T.
O'Fallon, MO

There are some observational studies that suggest there may be some benefit to red light therapy for healing of the skin injury. However, these studies are not of the highest scientific rigor. For injury below the skin, the
evidence is less compelling and I would not recommend any light treatment for a deep bruise.

Replied on 7/3/2012

By: Vein Specialties of St. Louis  |  Norman Bein, M.D.,FACS,RVT
Creve Coeur, MO

Save your money as anything you do on the surface won't be able to penetrate. We have used different types of laser/ light therapies to no avail. If it has been there for years, it is more like a deep "tattoo" and will not be able to be treated.

Replied on 7/3/2012

By: The Vein Clinic  |  Margaret OByrne, MD
San Diego, CA

Collections of veins called venulectasias look like bruises that never go away. Often, there is a larger vein underneath that is feeding the collection that needs to be treated. I would need to see you to be certain.

Replied on 5/30/2012

By: The Vein Treatment Center (Est. 1982) Original Specialized Practice  |  Luis Navarro, M.D., FACS, FACPh.
New York, NY

If the bruise is the result of many little spider veins clustered together, you can get good results with sclerotherapy but only if they are spider veins that look like a bruise.

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