How The treatment Works
During the laser vein removal procedure, a special hand piece delivers heat to the targeted vein. We use 3 different laser devices for vascular conditions: AdvaTX, Candela GentleYAG® laser and Magma IPL. This heat forces the blood vessel to coagulate, causing it to be slowly destroyed and absorbed by the body. The process can take up to 30-minutes to complete and the recovery time is minimal.
What Are Spider Veins?
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.
While they are not painful, spider veins are not aesthetically pleasing and they can be embarrassing. Depending on your particular needs, we would select a device best suited to your condition. Laser can quickly and effectively remove spider veins with minimal discomfort. You should not have sun exposure in the area to be treated pre- and post-treatment for at least 4 weeks.
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. Additional vascular conditions such as angiomas and rosacea can also be treated with a laser device.
What Causes Spider Veins?
A number of factors may contribute to the development of spider veins and many vascular conditions.
These are the most common causes:
- Hormonal changes
- Prolonged sitting or standing
- Weight fluctuation in a short period of time
Laser Treatments to Remove Spider Veins and More
Laser treatment is an effective, safe, and relatively painless method to reduce spider veins. The laser beam causes the vein to collapse and your body absorbs the damaged vessel over a 4-6 week period.
Lasers can treat a wide variety of vascular conditions including:
- Small red dots (also known as cherry angiomas)
- Spider veins of the legs and face
- Broken capillaries
Our favorite device is the ADVATx – it’s the world’s most advanced solid-state yellow laser for effective treatment of vascular skin conditions as well as outstanding results for acne and a special Advabright treatment for restoring a sundamaged and wrinkled facial complexion.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Spider Vein Removal
Depending on the size of the vessel, it may take 1-3 treatments to dissolve the capillary. These will be spaced 6 weeks apart as needed.
There is a pinching sensation during the treatment. A mild sunburned sensation may existed for several hours. For legs a cooling spray is released after each pulse to ease discomfort and provide cooling to the skin.
Yes. Treatment needs to be on your natural skin color. Additionally, you should limit sun exposure for at least 4 weeks post-treatment.
Most patients after treatment have some swelling and pinkness within the treated sites. This will diminish over a 24-48 hour period. On occasion, superficial crusting and blister formation may occur, especially in the treatment of leg veins. If this occurs, patients are asked to clean the area gently with mild soap and water twice daily and apply an antibiotic ointment.
It depends. With laser treatments for spider veins, you do not have to wear support hose. We do recommend support hose should you need sclerotherapy.
Laser treatment for facial blood vessels and leg veins has been free of significant complications. There is a chance of temporary pigmentation disturbances. On occasion, post-operative crusting and blistering are noted but this is not associated with any significant increased risks of complications.
The lasers we offer do not treat varicose veins.
Sclerotherapy is another way of removing spider veins. Instead of a laser, a solution is injected into the vessel. It then breaks down the vein which is slowly absorbed by the body over several weeks. We recommend this for larger vessels. Small thin vessels are best treated with laser.