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What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins are clusters of dilated tiny blood vessels that appear as a concentration of red, purple, and blue thread-like lines on the surface of the skin. Spider veins most commonly appear on the legs, chest, and face.

Spider veins are actually a mild variation of varicose veins, which are swollen blood vessels that become larger and more visible as a result of the force of gravity being exerted on the low body. Varicose veins are usually red or blue, look like raised twisted ropes, and often appear on the backs of the calves or inside the thighs.

What causes spider veins and varicose veins?

Both spider veins and varicose veins are most commonly caused by aging. As we get older the collagen and elastin that support the network of veins begin to break down, allowing blood to flow more freely into deeper vessels.

Spider veins usually appear in the legs when the veins’ valves stop working and blood flows in the wrong direction. Over time this causes pooling in leg veins, which leads to the development of small new veins right under the surface of your skin.

Spider veins and varicose veins can also be caused by hormonal changes like those experienced during pregnancy, birth control pills, and hormone replacement therapy.

On the face, sun damage and increased blood pressure can cause blood vessels to burst, resulting in spider veins.

How can spider veins be treated?

Spider veins and some small varicose veins can be removed using a modern laser treatment. Vein treatment technology implements specific wavelengths of heat and light energy to target problem areas of the skin and destroys spider veins and small varicose veins while leaving the surrounding tissue intact. The treatment can also be effective for broken capillaries, reticular veins, and related vascular irregularities.

What can I expect from a Spider Vein laser treatment session?

Before the actual laser therapy is applied, your doctor will meet with you to review your medical history, conduct a physical exam, and diagnose spider veins. Together you and your doctor will go over expectations, risks, and potential outcomes so that you can map out the best plan for treatment.

Laser therapy for spider veins and small varicose veins is an easy, well tolerated process. The highly focused laser light beam is positioned over the targeted area, where it delivers concentrated energy to the affected vein resulting in localized heat. This damages the vein, which prompts scar tissue to develop and close it, effectively blocking all blood flow. Without blood, the vein will die. As a result, veins begin to shrink and disappear.

Each treatment session typically lasts between 15 and 30 minutes. The necessary number of sessions varies amongst patients depending on the size of the vein being treated, your circulation, and how well your body responds to the treatment. Most patients can expect the best results in 2-4 sessions.

What happens after treatment?

Because laser therapy for spider veins is non-invasive, there is no downtime for recovery. After the treatment, you will most likely notice skin discoloration, bruising, swelling, or minor discomfort at the treatment area. You may also find that your veins continue to swell for a day or two after each session. Post-treatment it’s best to avoid hot baths and strenuous activities and stay protected from the sun, especially for the first 48 hours.

How soon will I see the results?

It can take several weeks and a handful of sessions for recipients of laser treatments to notice changes in the appearance of their spider veins. However, it is possible to see a marked improvement within one week of the first session as your body starts absorbing smaller veins. The lymphatic system can usually clear small veins in 12 weeks; larger veins often take 6-9 months to clear.

How long will the results last?

Results from laser therapy are permanent! Because closed veins can’t be reopened, they eventually disappear for good. With that said, genetic factors and circulation can cause your body to create new spider veins that will require additional treatment for removal.

Who is a good candidate for Spider Vein laser treatment?

Provided the spider veins are not caused by a medical condition, virtually anyone who wants to get rid of spider veins is a good candidate for laser therapy.

There are a handful of conditions that disqualify you from eligibility, including:

  • Tattoos in the treatment area
  • Pregnancy
  • Skin cancer
  • Being on certain medications, such as blood thinners, Accutane, or photosensitizing drugs
  • Undergoing other medical procedures such as Gold Therapy
  • Suffering from herpes, diabetes, or vitiligo

What are the risks and side effects of laser vein treatment?

Side effects from laser therapy are minimal and typically only last short-term; serious complications are incredibly rare. Potential risks include:

  • Mild pain, which can be addressed with
  • Skin discoloration or reddening in the treated area
  • Swelling
  • Bleeding
  • Bruising
  • Crusting

To avoid side effects, it’s important to speak with your doctor about any prescription medications or supplements you might be taking prior to your treatment.

It is also vital that you avoid the sun, tanning beds, and hot baths for at least two days post-treatment as this can make bruising and swelling more prominent and cause discoloration.

Why Laser treatment?

Laser vein therapy is the preferred method to treat spider veins because it’s one of the safest and most effective options on the market. It’s non-invasive, doesn’t require any local anesthesia, has no recovery downtime, and the results are long-lasting.

This is what makes laser treatment an excellent option if you want to reduce or eliminate your spider veins while avoiding surgery, injections, and downtime. The procedure is fast, effective, convenient, and highly affordable when compared with other treatments.

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