Spider veins are the small red, purple or blue veins near the surface of the skin that form in a web-like pattern. Medically, they are known as venulectasias or telangiectasia. These veins are caused by increased pressure. The spider vein condition can develop on any body part but most commonly appears on the lower half of the body:
Some people with these perpetually dilated veins experience discomfort, and many consider them unsightly. Laser treatment is one of the best ways to deal with this condition.
HOW DOES THE PROCEDURE WORK?
The treatment uses a laser to remove the affected veins. Following the procedure, the vein will gradually completely disappear over several weeks. Typically, this is performed as an outpatient procedure. Thanks to accurate nature of the laser, the effects on the surrounding skin and tissue are kept to a minimum.
IS THE PROCEDURE PAINFUL?
There can be some discomfort. However, we take measures to mitigate this. There may be a tingling sensation when the laser first activates, but few patients describe any pain.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE?
There are no major preparation steps for this treatment. However, you want to minimize sun exposure and avoid using aspirin, alcohol or smoking during the week prior to the procedure. Before arriving for the treatment, avoid any topical creams, lotions or moisturizers on the target area.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF LASER TREATMENT?
The laser can leave a redness of the skin, similar to a cat scratch. In most cases, this disappears shortly after the procedure. The risks associated with the procedure are minimal and there are very rarely any complications.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS ARE NEEDED?
The number and size of the veins determine how many procedures are needed. Most patients require several treatments. These should be spaced a few weeks apart.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM ELIGIBLE?
The best way to determine if you are a candidate for laser treatment is to schedule a consultation with us. We will ensure you are eligible for the treatment and determine how many sessions will likely be needed.
IS THIS TREATMENT A CURE?
There is currently no cure for this condition and new affected veins can develop. However, this treatment significantly improves the appearance of the veins. It provides a more youthful, healthy look and can even enhance the coloring of your skin.