Spider Vein Laser Treatment

Enlarged blood vessels, known as benign vascular lesions, appear on the surface of the skin as splotches, dots, bulges, and spider shapes. They may range in color from red to purple or blue. Benign vascular lesions typically result when damaged valves in the vein cause blood to stagnate rather than be pumped back to the heart. The pooled blood then creates stretched and protruding veins. Laser therapy is excellent for eliminating spider veins, but not suitable for varicose veins. In the treatment of veins, the wavelength of light is targeted to the pigment in the blood. The laser heats up the small vein and destroys it. The laser beam is focused and does not damage the nearby skin tissue. Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears. Unlike other methods of spider vein therapy, this procedure requires no needles or incisions allowing you to return to normal activities immediately after treatment. Spider veins generally require multiple treatments depending on the severity and number of veins. Spider veins are generally a recurrent condition and new veins may appear therefore more treatments may be required in the future.

Pricing

Vascular lesions are priced at $200 per treatment. Whether you require one or more treatments is determined by the number and severity of spider veins you would like to have treated. If you are considering Laser Treatment for spider veins, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation so that we may take a look at the area of concern.

Preparation

Please do not wear lotions on the area the day of your treatment. If you've started any antibiotics or any other medications that may make you photo sensitive, please let us know, we may have to reschedule your appointment. Notify us if there has been any change in your health status (new medications, heart condition, etc.).  Sun exposure and tanning beds should be avoided for several weeks pre and post treatment to avoid blistering. Please do not use self tanning lotions for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your treatment.

Post Treatment Care:

  • Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first 24 hours following treatment.
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  • A minimum SPF 30 sunscreen (UVA/UVB) should be used for any sun exposure between your treatments. Sun tanning and tanning beds should be avoided until any redness and discoloration disappears following treatment (should be at least 6 weeks).
  • Avoid strenuous activity, exercise, hot tubs and saunas for 48 hours after treatment.
  • If the skin is broken or a blister appears, keep the affected area covered and moist and avoid direct sunlight while experiencing these symptoms. Apply a topical antibiotic cream such as Polysporin to the area.
  • Cold packs or cortisone cream may be used to ease any temporary discomfort.
  • If subsequent treatments are needed, follow-up should be 6-8 weeks.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.

How does laser work on spider veins?

When treating vascular lesions, the blood temperature at the targeted area is elevated to a level that causes coagulation (clotting) without damage to the epidermis or surrounding tissue. Because the laser energy is absorbed by melanin in the epidermis as well as the desired target of hemoglobin, the SmartCool system is used to cool and protect the epidermis. Once the vein is coagulated and destroyed, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears within 4 to 6 weeks.

Will laser therapy work on my leg veins?

Although there is no way to tell for sure which veins will respond, a consultation with the laser technician will tell you if your veins are a candidate for laser vein therapy.

What does it feel like?

Laser treatment on spider veins produces a stinging sensation when the laser pulse is delivered. There is generally no pain after your treatment.

How long will the treatment take?

Treatment time should be approximately 15 minutes but may vary depending on the number and size of the vessel(s) to be treated.

How many treatments will I need?

In many cases, significant improvement is realized in as few as 1 to 3 treatments. This however depends on the number and severity of your spider veins. In some cases new spider veins may appear, therefore, additional treatments may be necessary. Treatments are at 6-8 week intervals.

When can I resume normal activities?

Although we encourage you to resume normal activities almost immediately, we do ask that you refrain from vigorous exercise and avoid hot tubs for at least 24 - 48 hours post treatment. Also avoid direct sun exposure after treatment and if you do go in the sun, protect the treated area with a minimum SPF 30 Sunscreen.

Pricing

Vascular lesions are priced at $200 per treatment. Whether you require one or more treatments is determined by the number and severity of spider veins you would like to have treated. If you are considering Laser Treatment for spider veins, we invite you to schedule a complimentary consultation so that we may take a look at the area of concern.

Preparation

Please do not wear lotions on the area the day of your treatment. If you've started any antibiotics or any other medications that may make you photo sensitive, please let us know, we may have to reschedule your appointment. Notify us if there has been any change in your health status (new medications, heart condition, etc.).  Sun exposure and tanning beds should be avoided for several weeks pre and post treatment to avoid blistering. Please do not use self tanning lotions for a minimum of 2 weeks prior to your treatment.

Post Treatment Care:

  • Care should be taken to prevent trauma to the treated area for the first 24 hours following treatment.
  •  
  • A minimum SPF 30 sunscreen (UVA/UVB) should be used for any sun exposure between your treatments. Sun tanning and tanning beds should be avoided until any redness and discoloration disappears following treatment (should be at least 6 weeks).
  • Avoid strenuous activity, exercise, hot tubs and saunas for 48 hours after treatment.
  • If the skin is broken or a blister appears, keep the affected area covered and moist and avoid direct sunlight while experiencing these symptoms. Apply a topical antibiotic cream such as Polysporin to the area.
  • Cold packs or cortisone cream may be used to ease any temporary discomfort.
  • If subsequent treatments are needed, follow-up should be 6-8 weeks.
  • If you have any questions or concerns, please contact our office.

How does laser work on spider veins?

When treating vascular lesions, the blood temperature at the targeted area is elevated to a level that causes coagulation (clotting) without damage to the epidermis or surrounding tissue. Because the laser energy is absorbed by melanin in the epidermis as well as the desired target of hemoglobin, the SmartCool system is used to cool and protect the epidermis. Once the vein is coagulated and destroyed, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears within 4 to 6 weeks.

Will laser therapy work on my leg veins?

Although there is no way to tell for sure which veins will respond, a consultation with the laser technician will tell you if your veins are a candidate for laser vein therapy.

What does it feel like?

Laser treatment on spider veins produces a stinging sensation when the laser pulse is delivered. There is generally no pain after your treatment.

How long will the treatment take?

Treatment time should be approximately 15 minutes but may vary depending on the number and size of the vessel(s) to be treated.

How many treatments will I need?

In many cases, significant improvement is realized in as few as 1 to 3 treatments. This however depends on the number and severity of your spider veins. In some cases new spider veins may appear, therefore, additional treatments may be necessary. Treatments are at 6-8 week intervals.

When can I resume normal activities?

Although we encourage you to resume normal activities almost immediately, we do ask that you refrain from vigorous exercise and avoid hot tubs for at least 24 - 48 hours post treatment. Also avoid direct sun exposure after treatment and if you do go in the sun, protect the treated area with a minimum SPF 30 Sunscreen.