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Laser Spider Vein Removal
What are they?
Spider veins, or “starbursts,” are so named because these tiny veins just beneath the skin often radiate out from a central point, reminiscent of the shape of a spider. They may also appear as fine, separate lines, as a web-like maze, or as “branches” from a single “trunk” of a tree-shaped form. Spider veins can develop on any part of the body, including the face, thighs, calves, and ankles.
Although their exact cause is unknown, it is known that spider veins are related to abnormal blood flow in the affected veins. Any condition or activity that puts pressure on leg veins (e.g., gaining weight and sitting or standing for long periods of time), can contribute to their development. In women, spider veins often appear during pregnancy.
Other contributing factors include sustaining an injury in the affected area, taking medications that affect hormones, such as birth control pills, advanced age, and a family history of spider veins. Spider veins on the nose or face, which typically appear as unsightly red or pink clusters, may also be related to overexposure to the sun.
How does the treatment work?
The laser beam passes through the skin and penetrates the targeted vessel. The laser heats up and its energy coagulates blood inside the vessel. The vessel walls collapse, then seal and will later dissolve in the body.
What can I expect during treatment?
You may experience a slight stinging sensation during the treatment which resolves immediately after the treatment is over. In addition, you may be offered a topical anesthetic cream which helps eliminate much of the discomfort.
What should I expect after the procedure?
The appearance of the treated vessels will dramatically change, turning from blue and purple into light red. Some of the vessels may bulge, however any inflammation will disappear within 48 hours. You may also be asked to wear pressure hose or an Ace bandage, avoid medication containing aspirin and wear a sun screen.
How many treatments will I need?
Depending upon the severity of the veins, you will need 2-4 treatments spaced six weeks apart. And it should be noted that the development of new veins cannot be prevented.