Laser Spider Vein Removal
Spider veins, medically known as telangiectasias, are tiny veins just beneath the surface of the skin. They are usually painless and can develop on any part of the body including the face, thighs, calves or ankles. Although not harmful, they can be unsightly and make you look and feel older than your age. Laser spider vein removal is a safe and extremely effective treatment option.
Our FDA approved laser selectively targets and destroys the red coloration of the spider veins, without damaging the surrounding tissue. The procedure is relatively quick, and no anesthesia is needed. After the recommended number of treatments, the skin will be noticeably more uniform and natural in appearance. There is no downtime and most people can immediately return to their regular activities.
Our laser is a Cynosure Apogee Elite, one of the most advanced lasers on the market today for hair removal and spider vein removal. It is a combination Nd:YAG and Alexandrite system used with a built in Zimmer Cryo 5 Chiller, to maximize comfort. During hair removal, the melanosome, which is the pigment in your hair follicle is targeted by the laser. By using highly specific settings, customized to your skin and hair type, we are able to destroy the follicle permanently and prevent further hair growth.
Our laser can also be used with highly specific protocols to eliminate unsightly spider veins. The pigment in the veins, from hemoglobin, can also be safely targeted by the Nd:YAG component of the laser. A small beam of light is selectively aimed at the target vessel which is coagulated and destroyed by the heat of the laser. Our cooling system is used to maximize comfort and prevent any damage to the epidermis. With enough time in between treatments and an individually designed removal plan, we are able completely remove most unwanted hair and spider veins with minimal discomfort and almost no risk of scarring.
Before and After Photos
- 15 minute session on any area
- 30 minute session on any area
Spider Vein Removal Frequently Asked Questions
Depending on your genetics and lifestyle there is a chance that the veins will return. You should be under the regular care of a doctor if you have any conditions such as diabetes, heart disease or if you smoke. Additionally, if your veins appeared during pregnancy, you can expect that subsequent pregnancies will cause a worsening of your spider veins.
Yes, these veins are essentially dilated vessels which no longer serve any purpose in the body. Laser removal of these veins is strictly cosmetic and does not affect your general circulation.
Depending on the severity of your veins, you can expect 2-3 treatments spaced 6-8 weeks apart.
As with all laser skin treatments, you can expect a burning sensation to the treated area. Our laser is equipped with a built in cooling system to maximize comfort. Additionally, we offer a prescription strength anesthetic cream, which must be applied 30 minutes before the treatment begins, for those patients with particularly sensitive skin.
After the treatment, you can expect some redness, bruising and tenderness at the treated area. Additionally, some people may experience hyperpigmentation or darkening of the skin, especially in darker-skinned individuals or in those with a tan. This will fade over time.
The laser light is attracted to the hemoglobin present in the vein which coagulates or destroys the vessel. The selective wavelength of light is directed only at the target, hemoglobin in the blood vessel, and does not damage the skin or surrounding tissue.
The majority of people are good candidates for the procedure. You should be in good physical health, a nonsmoker and have realistic expectations about the results of the procedure. Additionally, you should not have uncontrolled diabetes, chronic disease of the blood vessels or any problems with bleeding.
Spider veins happen when circulation becomes compromised or inefficient. Conditions such as pregnancy, standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time or genetic factors can all contribute to their formation. The valves and walls of the veins become weakened due to this inefficient circulation; in response, blood pools up and spider veins form. In the legs, they are related to abnormal blood flow in the affected veins, caused by any number of conditions that puts pressure on your legs, such as weigh gain, sitting or standing for long periods of time and pregnancy. Spider veins on the nose and face are related to overexposure to the sun.