Laser Spider Vein treatment is a safe and effective non-surgical treatment option for the removal of so-called ‘broken capillaries”. During your treatment, light energy is delivered through a special laser hand-piece to the targeted area, in a series of brief pulses. The light energy is then absorbed by the blood vessels, but not the surrounding tissue. This heat absorption causes a coagulation or vaporization of the blood in the vessel, which is subsequently absorbed by your body over a few weeks. Prior to treatment we will review your medical history. We also determine your skin type to ensure you are a good candidate for laser vein treatment.
What are the treatments like?
First, we identify the veins to be treated. We then proceed to deliver pulses of light (laser) energy along the length of the vessels. The light energy causes the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually destroying the vessels, which are then absorbed by your body. Most patients report very little discomfort during the treatment. On the face some patients experience a mild burning sensation when we pulse the laser and on the legs where the vessels are deeper they feel a sting like that of a rubber band. Depending on size and density of the treatment area(s) laser treatments last between 15 to 60 minutes. Generally, 3 to 5 treatments are needed to remove spider veins in the legs. You can return to normal activity right after treatment
How many vein treatments will I need?
The number of treatments required varies with the size and depth of each vein. For the maximum long-term resolution, multiple treatments may be necessary. However, if new veins appear, additional treatments are required. Treatments may be in 2 – 4 week intervals
What are varicose veins and spider veins?
Varicose veins are enlarged veins that can be blue, red, or flesh-colored. They often look like cords and appear twisted and bulging. They can be swollen and raised above the surface of the skin. Varicose veins are often found on the thighs, backs of the calves, or the inside of the leg.
Spider veins are like varicose veins but smaller. They also are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. Often, they are red or blue. They can look like tree branches or spiderwebs with their short, jagged lines. They can be found on the legs and face and can cover either a very small or very large area of skin.
What causes varicose veins and spider veins?
Varicose veins can be caused by weak or damaged valves in the veins. As your leg muscles squeeze, they push blood back to the heart from your lower body against the flow of gravity. Veins have valves that act as one-way flaps to prevent blood from flowing backwards as it moves up your legs. If the valves become weak, blood can leak back into the veins and collect there. When backed-up blood makes the veins bigger, they can become varicose.
Spider veins can be caused by the backup of blood. They can also be caused by hormone changes, exposure to the sun, and injuries.
What factors increase risk of varicose veins and spider veins?
Many factors increase a person’s chances of developing varicose or spider veins. These include:
– Increasing age. As you get older, the valves in your veins may weaken and not work as well
– Medical history. Being born with weak vein valves increases your risk. Having family members with vein problems also increases your risk. About half of all people who have varicose veins have a family member who has them too.
– Hormonal changes. These occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause. Taking birth control pills and other medicines containing estrogen and progesterone also may contribute to the forming of varicose or spider veins.
– Pregnancy. During pregnancy, there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body. This can cause veins to enlarge. The growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins. Varicose veins usually improve within 3 months after delivery. More varicose veins and spider veins usually appear with each additional pregnancy.
– Obesity. Being overweight or obese can put extra pressure on your veins. This can lead to varicose veins.
– Lack of movement. Sitting or standing for a long time may force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. This may be a bigger problem if you sit with your legs bent or crossed.
– Sun exposure. This can cause spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person.
Possible Side Effects:
Possible side effects of lasers include:
– Redness or swelling of the skin right after the treatment that disappears within a few days
– Discolored skin that will disappear within 4-6 weeks.