Spider veins, also called telangiectasia, or small dilated blood vessels on the skin, can often be stubborn and unwanted. These veins most commonly appear on the legs and face but can actually develop anywhere on the body. If you are bothered by these veins and would like to diminish their appearance laser treatment may be a great option for you! Plus, unlike other vein treatments, lasers are less invasive, and there is no downtime.
What are Laser Spider Vein Treatments?
While spider veins are not usually harmful to your health, they can be irritating and negatively impact your confidence. Laser spider vein treatment is an effective, non-invasive option for eliminating these tiny pesky veins. Focused light energy is used to target the pigment in the blood. Over time, the vein is reabsorbed by the body, and blood is rerouted to healthier veins.
Who is a Good Candidate for Laser Spider Vein Treatments?
Healthy adults who are interested in diminishing the appearance of sparse or superficial spider veins on the face or legs can often see great results from laser spider vein treatments. It is important to know that lasers cannot be used to treat reticular or varicose veins; if you are interested in learning more about sclerotherapy for varicose vein treatment, do not hesitate to ask our staff. During your consultation appointment, be sure to tell Dr. Gray if you have any medical conditions, are pregnant or breastfeeding, or have tattoos in the treatment area. To schedule your consultation, contact our office today!
The Laser Spider Vein Treatment Process
During your laser treatment session, both you are the technician will need to wear goggles to protect your eyes from the laser light. The Vbeam laser handpiece will be placed against the skin. The laser will emit a cooling spray immediately before the light energy pulse. The laser light energy will absorb into the spider veins through a series of pulses, which may feel like warm pokes on the skin. Overall, the number of treatment sessions needed will depend on the number, size, and color of the veins being treated, however, most patients require a series of treatments for optimal results.
Laser Spider Vein Treatment Results
While there is no downtime required following laser treatments for spider veins, you may experience mild inflammation or swelling, redness, and bruising in the treatment areas. Cool compresses can be used to improve your comfort, and you may be asked to wear compression garments for a while after treatment. Many people can begin to see visible improvement in the appearance of their spider veins after 3-6 weeks.