Spider veins and broken capillaries can occur anywhere on the body but are most common on the legs and face. They are formed by the dilation of a small group of blood vessels located close to the surface of the skin. Lasers remove spider veins and broken capillaries by heating the blood vessels until they coagulate and collapse – which is possible because the laser selectively targets hemoglobin in the blood, which is not present in the surrounding tissue. This selective heating means that we can safely destroy spider veins and broken capillaries without harming the surrounding skin.
Over the next 6-8 weeks – the treated blood vessels will gradually disappear as they are reabsorbed by the body. The procedure is virtually painless, non-invasive, and removes unsightly spider veins in as few as 3-5 treatments! Compared to other methods of vein removal the major advantages of laser vein removal are:
Clients can expect to feel like they have a sunburn for a few hours after the treatment and can return to their normal activities within 24 hours. You may experience mild swelling and possibly some bruising that will last about 2 weeks. Avoiding the sun is very important after laser treatment to remove spider veins – as exposure to the sun can result in darkening of the skin in the area treated. We recommend keeping the area covered for several weeks – or wearing a high-SPF, zinc, or titanium-based sunscreen.
The veins will not disappear immediately. They will initially darken as they collapse, and then fade slowly over several weeks as they are gradually resorbed by the body. Do not expect to see your final results for 8-12 weeks after your treatments are finished.
Our laser can remove unsightly veins from all parts of the body. Small, facial veins can be treated quickly without bruising or complications. Spider-leg veins can also be treated with excellent results. Knotty varicose veins that rise off the surface of the skin cannot be treated with our laser vein removal.
How can you tell the difference? Spider veins and broken capillaries lay flat against the skin – and do not “bulge out” from the skin. If you can feel the vein with your fingers when your eyes are closed, then that vessel is probably too large for a laser procedure to be effective – and may require sclerotherapy injections or surgery to remove.
Our clients say the laser pulse feels like a small rubber band snapping against your skin. Typically, our clients do not require medication or an anesthetic. Discomfort is reduced by the application of the cooling spray on the skin during the treatment.
Often people describe their first laser treatment as being the most uncomfortable. This is because during each treatment a percentage of blood vessels is removed, leading to less energy being absorbed into the skin in subsequent sessions.
After a laser vein treatment, you will have short-term redness and irritation (swelling) of the treated area that looks almost like a “cat scratch” on the skin. This usually lasts a couple of hours but occasionally lasts for a few days.
Some people experience mild pigmentation changes after treatment, but these are temporary. Other clients suffer from slight swelling, bruising, or redness in the treated areas, but again, this is temporary. Normal physical activity can be resumed after 24 hours in most cases, but care should be taken to avoid sun exposure and to wear a sunblock of 30 SPF or higher.
Complications are very rare, but may include:
• Blistering or crusting over the treated area rarely occurs – but is treated with Neosporin and aloe vera ointment and usually heals within a week.
• Hypo- (lighter) or hyperpigmentation (darker) in the treated area. Fortunately, this occurs in less than 3% of treatments. This infrequently problem usually resolves after several months. You can lessen the risk of this by keeping the treated area out of the sun for several weeks before and after your treatment.
The number of treatments needed depends on how many veins you have, the size and resilience of the veins, and how well your body responds to the laser treatment. Leg veins need 3-4 treatments, while facial veins can typically be treated with 2-3 sessions. Treatments can be repeated at 6 – 8-week intervals to allow for complete healing.
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