WHAT DOES THE LASER TREATMENT OF SPIDER VEINS PROCEDURE ENTAIL?
Laser vein treatment begins with a thorough cleansing of the treatment site before applying a topical anesthetic cream to properly numb the area and provide you with a comfortable experience. In addition, for safety reasons, patients will also be provided protective eye wear.
As for the procedure itself, the treatment will consist of a small laser point (roughly 2-3mm) tracing the entirety of the given blood vessel. Due to the small size of the laser, it may be necessary to trace the vessel several times in order to properly eliminate its appearance. You will be able to see the vessel “disappear” as the treatment progresses, which is the result of the laser energy closing the vessel.
Once the session is complete, a soothing anti-inflammatory balm will be applied to the treated areas, to ensure that there is no excessive irritation or discomfort. It is normal to experience some redness and swelling as a response to the treatment, but those symptoms should heal within just a few days, depending on the number of vessels and the size of the target area. For vessels around the base of the nose, the healing time is approximately one or two days, while 3-4 days are typical for multiple spots, or larger areas like the cheeks or chin.
Skin that is tanned can take up laser energy and reduce the effectiveness or the treatment, or cause a small blister. It is recommended that patients wear a high SPF sunscreen and minimize sun exposure for several weeks prior to treatment to ensure that these factors are reduced. It is also important to note that despite proper energy selection and application, some vessels will fail to close immediately and may require several sessions.