Laser Spider Vein Removal
Spider veins are typically caused by abnormal blood flow and weakening of the blood vessel wall. Any condition or activity that places pressure on the veins (like weight gain, prolonged sitting or standing) can contribute to their development. Spider veins are always superficial to the skin and much smaller than the varicose veins. The best and gold standard treatment for spider veins is laser.
Laser vein removal is an easy, fast, and effective way to treat superficial veins. The laser uses a focused beam of high-intensity light that penetrates deep into skin tissue where it delivers a controlled amount of therapeutic heat to the targeted blood vessels. The heat generated from the laser coagulates the blood inside the vessel causing it to collapse and seal. Over the next few weeks, the vessel disappears and all the blood is removed by the body's scavenging cells. Treatment could take as little as a few minutes to as long as an hour, depending on the area and condition being treated. The number of sessions depends on the treatment you require and the condition of your skin. One to three treatments are recommended every 6-8 weeks.
Eight weeks before treatment and throughout the course of treatment patients are advised to:
No tanning and sunless tanners
The area to be treated should be shaved one day prior to treatment as closely as possible
On the day of treatment no lotion, makeup and perfume should be used on the areas to be treated
If you are taking Accutane, or have taken it in the last 6 months please notify office ahead of time
If you are taking any antibiotics or blood thinners, please notify office ahead of time
5 days prior to treatment avoid Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Fish oil, Alcohol or any other medication or herbal supplement that may cause thinning of the blood
Avoid treatment while pregnant
Tylenol is recommended for any pain, as needed
AVOID THE SUN-completely after treatment for 4 weeks to reduce hyper pigmentation. Use a broad spectrum SPF 45 zinc oxide or titanium dioxide with UV A/B sunblock
Avoid strenuous exercise for 48 hours after treatment
Wait at least 8 weeks before the next treatment as resolution of the vessels continues throughout this entire period
Your leg veins may appear bruised or darker red following treatment. This discoloration will fade over the next few weeks. Brown discoloration may take several months to fade
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