Spider veins are broken capillaries that can show up on your face, chest, or legs. They generally look bluish or red and are thin, thread-like sized vessels which are commonly referred to as spider veins.
Laser treatment for spider veins is a quick, effective and noninvasive procedure that uses a focused beam of light to heat and destroy affected veins. When laser energy is applied to the treatment area, it targets the pigment in the blood and warms the vessel without damaging the skin or surrounding tissues. Over time – usually, in four to six weeks after treatment – the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears. Blood gets rerouted to healthier veins.
Besides spider veins on your legs, we can also treat vessels that are on other areas of your body, such as the neck or chest.
A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins and many vascular conditions.
These are the most common causes:
During laser spider vein treatment, you will be given a pair of goggles that protect your eyes from the intense laser light. Next, we will apply a cooling gel to the area being treated. The laser will be placed against the skin over the spider veins. You may feel some uncomfortable sensations as the laser fires; patients often say it feels like a rubber band snapping against their skin. Laser vein treatment requires no downtime, though it’s common to experience some inflammation and redness in the treated area, and compression garments should be worn for some time after your appointment. You should not have sun exposure in the area to be treated pre- and post-treatment for at least 4 weeks.
Depend on the number, color and size of the veins being treated, three-six treatments may be required to achieve an optimal outcome. Appointments will be scheduled approximately four weeks apart for the duration of your treatment.
After your laser treatment for spider vein removal, you may see some redness, bruising, or swelling in the treatment area. This should go away within a week or two, although each patient is different. Most patients don’t experience any discomfort and are able to resume their daily activities the day after laser treatment. However, it’s not recommended to participate in strenuous physical activities until at least 72 hours have passed.
In most cases, it’s recommended that you wear compression socks after your treatment. It’s also helpful to keep your legs elevated as much as possible to help with any swelling and to facilitate the healing process. There may be blisters or scabs on the removal area, but they should go away in just a few days.
You may not see a difference for a few weeks after treatment because it takes time for your body to metabolize the blood vessel tissue. You may also notice brown spots on your skin after treatment, but these will disappear over the course of a few months. It’s important to stay out of the sun for at least a week and to keep your skin moisturized during the recovery process.
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*Disclaimer – Individual results may vary. Products mentioned on this website are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease and do not replace medical advice. Advice on treatment or care of an individual patient should be obtained through consultation with a physician or trained health care practitioner who has examined that patient’s medical history.