Laser Spider Vein Removal
Spider veins, also referred to as telangiectasias, are similar to varicose veins but are much smaller. When they first appear they look like little squiggly lines usually in a red or blue tinge that mostly commonly show up on the thigh and calf area. It is a very common condition that is found on roughly a third of adult females. The most common formation resembles a branching tree shape.
Laser spider vein removal is mostly motivated by cosmetic reasons although some people experience an aching feeling, itching and sometimes night cramps. At times, spider veins are related to underlying varicose veins.
People develop spider veins for the same reasons people develop varicose veins. The reasons include pregnancy, hormonal influence, prolonged sitting or standing, weight gain and hereditary factors.
Lasers and sclerotherapy are the two ways to rid yourself of spider veins. For some patients, combing the use of both of these methods may be recommended. Sclerotherapy may only be used when the veins are of a larger size as a needle is used during the process.
Laser Spider Vein Removal – How it Works
Spider veins are accurately targeted with the laser and the laser is able to easily hone in on these small veins when a needle cannot. The laser is applied to the area causing the spider veins to coagulate, shrink and disappear. During the process of laser spider vein removal, you will experience a light stinging feeling as the laser does it’s work. The length of the process will depend on each individual and the total area to be treated.
After the laser treatment, the spider veins will actually appear darker. Over the course of the next 2-6 weeks time frame, the spider veins will begin to fade. The average length of treatment time is 3 treatments and three months of healing time is required between treatments. It is common to experience bruising that may last for weeks.
Laser Spider Vein Removal – Varicose Veins
If you are plagued with both varicose and spider veins, your doctor will most likely recommend starting treatment with sclerotherapy to treat the larger varicose veins. The reason is treating the larger veins sometimes helps to reduce the number of spider veins that exist. Once the varicose veins are treated, the next step is to proceed with laser spider vein removal.