Treating spider veins has become more successful than ever before by utilizing the best laser technology available. Using a laser, we can now easily treat spider veins and broken capillaries under the eyes and in the cheeks, chin, and nose. Laser treatment for spider veins is a quick, effective, and non-invasive procedure that uses a focused beam of light to heat and destroy affected veins.BOOK NOWBOOK CONSULTATION
Laser treatment for spider veins is a quick, effective, and non-invasive procedure that uses a focused beam of light to heat and destroy affected veins. When the laser energy is applied to the treatment area, it targets the pigment in the blood and warms the vessel without damaging the skin or surrounding tissues. During treatment, the veins may appear darker initially, but soon they will begin to shrink and eventually disappear. The results are permanent, leaving your skin with a more even appearance.
Like nearly all other laser skin treatments, the treatment of spider veins is straightforward and patient-friendly, which means that this technology is available to nearly anyone looking to eliminate the appearance of these vessels. You are likely a candidate so long as you have healthy skin. We would love to discuss whether lasers are the best solution for your unwanted veins or if you would be best served by another treatment method such as Intense Pulsed Light (IPL). Come see us at Esthetics Center for a consultation!
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, patients will also be provided with protective eyewear for safety reasons. As for the procedure itself, the treatment consists 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 to eliminate its appearance properly.
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 in response to the treatment, but those symptoms should heal within a few days, depending on the number of vessels and the size of the target area. For example, for vessels around the base of the nose, the healing time is approximately 1-2 days, while 3-4 days are typical for multiple spots or larger areas like the cheeks or chin.
Tanned skin can take up laser energy and reduce the effectiveness of the treatment or sometimes cause a small blister. Therefore, it is recommended that patients wear a high SPF sunscreen and minimize sun exposure for several weeks before treatment to reduce these factors. It is also important to note that some vessels fail to close immediately despite proper energy selection and application and may require additional sessions.
No, the treatment should not hurt. Patients describe a range of sensations from tingling to the snap of a rubber band during the procedure. You may also feel warmth during and after the procedure in the treatment area.
As noted above, the recovery period for this treatment is very short and will not inhibit your day-to-day activities in any way. Some irritation and redness may occur after your treatment. The recovery period is determined by the size of the treatment site and the number of spots that need attention. At most, your healing time should be no more than approximately four days. It is important during the recovery time that you limit sun exposure and protect the treated area.
Depending upon the amount of necessary treatment, it may take several sessions to bring about your desired result; however, the final product should be no visible spider veins.
Dr. Rice received his medical degree from Loma Linda University in Southern California where he also completed an internship in general surgery and specialty surgical training in Otolaryngology—head and neck surgery. Dr. Rice went on to complete advanced training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Institute of Facial Plastic Surgery. He is double board-certified…LEARN MORE