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What is Spider Vein Removal using a Laser?

There are effective, safe, and relatively painless methods available for reducing Spider Veins. The most common Spider Vein Treatment involves the injection of a solution into each affected vein, causing the vein to collapse and fade. Laser Treatments are also available for the reduction or removal of Spider Veins.

What are Spider Veins?

In some individuals, Spider Veins—those small clusters of red, blue, or purple veins that appear on the thighs, calves, and ankles—become noticeable at a young age. For others, the veins may not become obvious until much later.

Causes of Spider Veins

A number of factors may contribute to the development of Spider Veins in the legs, including:

  • Heredity

  • Hormonal shifts

  • Occupations or activities that require prolonged sitting or standing

  • Pregnancy

  • Weight fluctuation

Who is a good candidate for Spider Vein Treatment?

Spider Vein Treatment is a good option if you:

  • Are you bothered by Spider Veins anywhere on your body.

  • Are you committed to following your plastic surgeon's prescribed course of treatment.

  • Have a positive outlook and realistic goals for your Spider Vein Treatment.

What are the risks of Spider Vein Treatment?

The decision to have Spider Vein Treatment is extremely personal. You will have to decide if the benefits will achieve your goals and if the risks and potential complications of Spider Vein Treatment are acceptable.

You will be asked to sign consent forms to ensure that you fully understand the procedure and any risks.

The risks include:

  • Change in skin sensation

  • Hyperpigmentation

  • Infection

  • Persistent pain

  • Scarring

  • Swelling and bruising

  • Ulceration

These risks and others will be fully discussed prior to your consent. It's important that you address all your questions directly with your Provider.

patient pointing down to spider vein cluster on thigh

What should I expect during my Spider Vein Treatment recovery?

During your recovery from Spider Vein Treatment:

  • You may be instructed to wear a support hose to help your legs heal.

  • The treated sites will appear bruised, and you may feel some cramping in your legs for the first day or two after treatment. This discomfort is temporary and usually doesn't require prescription medication.

  • Although every patient heals at a different rate, most are back to normal activities quickly.

  • You will be given specific instructions that may include how to care for your legs following treatment, medications to apply or take orally to aid healing and reduce the risk of infection, and when to follow up with your plastic surgeon.

You can expect that your Spider Vein Treatment recovery will follow this general timeline:

Within one week

  • You may be instructed to wear support stockings for three to six weeks.

  • You should avoid squatting, heavy lifting, and running.

  • The tape, cotton balls, or any other dressings (if used) will be removed from the treated areas when recommended by the plastic surgeon.

  • The treated sites will appear bruised.

  • You will be discouraged from sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour or two.

  • You will be encouraged to walk.

Within one month

  • The bruises at the treated sites will diminish.

  • You will begin to feel more comfortable wearing leg-baring fashions.

  • You can resume most exercise.

  • One month after the first treatment, Spider Veins are distinctly lighter yet still somewhat visible.

  • You will be discouraged from sitting or standing in one place for more than an hour or two.

After two months, your veins treatment should have completed its healing. At this point, you and your plastic surgeon will decide if any additional treatment is necessary.

What results should I expect after Spider Vein Treatment?

After each Spider Vein Treatment, you will notice an improvement in your skin's appearance.
However, it is important to realize that new Spider Veins may surface in the future.
As time passes, you may want to consider further treatment to take care of any new veins that may emerge. The practice of medicine and surgery is not an exact science. Although good results are expected, there is no guarantee. Be sure to discuss with your surgeon the results expected in your case, as well as the cost involved.

What is Laser Skin Resurfacing?

Sun, skin disorders, aging, and even heredity can all contribute to skin irregularities on the face and elsewhere on the body. These include textural irregularities like wrinkles and acne scars pigmentation changes like freckles, sunspots, or visible blood vessels. In addition, the skin may lose tone, feel less firm and lose the healthy glow that is evident in younger skin.

Different treatment modalities are available to treat the different aspects of skin damage

medical professional administering laser skin treatment

Laser Resurfacing, Mechanical Resurfacing, Chemical Peels, and Injectable products can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles of the entire face or those that develop in specific regions of the face, such as the upper lip and around the eyes. These treatments can also be used to address pigmentation disorders, such as sun and age spots, and they can be used to improve the appearance of acne scars or other skin conditions.

The specific type of treatment that will best address your concerns is determined after a consultation with your board-certified plastic surgeon. Most skin treatments require a series of treatments and a multi-modality approach to achieving excellent results. Most importantly, the patient must be committed to protecting his or her skin going forward so that the results achieved will be longer-lasting.

  • Pigmentation: Freckles, sun spots, or other darkened patches of skin result mainly from sun exposure

  • Scars: As the result of acne or injury to the skin, scars may be rolling (a wavy appearance to the skin), pitted, discolored, or have raised borders.

  • Vascular conditions: Blood vessels visible on the surface of the skin, vascular lesions that appear as tiny blood-filled blisters, or even a constant flush of facial redness.

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