Laser Treatment for Spider Veins
While it probably comes as no surprise that while women are more conscious of spider veins, both men and women are bothered by the appearance of body and facial spider veins.
Spider veins are small and unsightly, red or purple vessels on the surface of the skin and, on the legs, are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They get their name because these veins can look like tree branches or spider webs with their short jagged lines.
Regardless of their location, spider veins can cover either a very small or very large area of skin.
The causes of spider veins on the face include prolonged exposure to the sun, age, trauma, medical conditions and certain lifestyle choices such as smoking or alcohol consumption. Women tend to be affected by spider veins 2-4 times more commonly than men do, due to the fact that female hormones and pregnancies are so commonly factors that lead to the development of spider veins.
Dr. Dino Madonna, Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon, is keenly aware of the factors which will determine who is best suited and the potential outcomes of using a CO2 laser to treat spider veins – particularly on the face.
The Laser Solution for Facial and Spider Veins
How does the laser help?
The laser passes through the skin and targets the hemoglobin in the vein. The laser “selectively” coagulates the problem veins while sparing surrounding areas. The vein then collapses, is absorbed by the body and disappears. Results are seen within three to four weeks.
How many treatments are required?
Results are seen within three to four weeks. Typically 1-2 treatments are recommended.
Can we be sure that this will work on my veins?
This is something that must be determined with each patient individually but the majority of patients will benefit from this treatment.
Is this treatment difficult?
No. This is non-invasive treatment process that takes between 10-20 minutes depending on your situation. After treatment there is no downtime. You can resume all of your normal activities immediately afterward.
Is this painful?
There is some minor discomfort associated with the laser treatment. Most patients describe the sensation as a series of rubber band snaps to the skin. We often reduce or eliminate this by cooling the treated area with an air-cooling device.
What other conditions does the laser treat?
In addition to facial and leg spider veins, the laser can provide non-invasive skin treatments for healthier looking skin. It is also used to remove unwanted hair.