Spider Vein Treatment
Laser technology offers a very effective means of treating spider veins. The laser has a unique ability to selectively target blood vessels without adversely affecting surrounding tissues. Laser light is specifically absorbed by the spider veins. The vessels are gently heated, causing the blood in the vessels to collapse. The body reabsorbs the treated blood vessels during the natural healing process.
Before and After
How Does It Work?
Laser or light energy is selectively absorbed by the oxyhemoglobin resulting in heating of the blood vessels. With the correct wavelengths and fluence, the vascular lesion will be heated to above 70 oC. At that temperature, blood vessels will break down and shrink which leads to a reduction of the vascular lesion.
The ClearScan Sciton laser delivers the ideal wavelength for virtually all vascular lesions. This laser offers a solution for vascular treatments for all skin types. The machine precisely treats visible vessels, broken capillaries, spider veins, and lesions. This laser penetrates deeper into the skin as compared to other laser options by delivering the precise amount of heat at the desired length of time to effectively cause the vein to disappear allowing new vessels to replace its function. Vascular treatments require multiple treatments for optimal results. Popular areas are face, neck, chest, and legs. Integrated contact cooling system for patient comfort and safety.
FAQQ: How does laser spider vein removal work?
A: Laser light attracts the hemoglobin in the dilated vessel. The end result is coagulation of the superficial vessel.
Q: What will I look like after my treatment?
A: Post treatment, the spider veins often disappear immediately. Some vessels may appear darker in appearance. Some people notice pinkness and swelling of the treated area. This is normal. Post treatment you may notice some bruising of the area. It may take 2-6 weeks for your body’s healing response to begin. In turn, it may take 2-6 weeks for your body to absorb and eliminate the dilated vessel.
Q: Is laser spider vein removal permanent?
A: Yes, spider vein removal is permanent; however, those who are prone to spider veins may notice the appearance of new vessels due to genetics and lifestyle.
Q: Why do I get spider veins?
A: The real cause of spider veins is not known but they are more prominent in obese individuals, females, individuals who are on their feet for prolonged periods, minor trauma, pregnancy and perhaps use of contraceptives. There may be a familial component to these veins. In general, any condition that will increase pressure in the veins, can lead to spider veins.
Q: How many treatments are required?
A: The number of treatments required varies depending on the severity of the condition. Those with multiple spider veins may require 2 or 3 treatments. Treatment intervals are 6 weeks apart.
Q: What are the post care instructions?
A: Post treatment, avoid the use of a hot tube or sauna and strenuous physical exercise for 2 weeks. Do not expose the treatment area to the sun or tanning bed 2-4 weeks post treatment. Use sun block post treatment. Discontinue use of aspirin or any blood thinners for approximately 1 week pre and post treatment as well. You will be given more detailed and thorough instructions the day of your procedure.
Q: Is it safe to eliminate spider veins from the legs?
A: Yes, spider veins are dilated vessels which no longer serve any purpose to the body. The treatment is strictly cosmetic
Q: Is this machine FDA approved?
A: The YAG 1064nm is FDA approved to treat the following vein and vascular conditions: Benign vascular lesions, port wine stains, hemangiomas, warts, telangiectasia, rosacea, venous lake, leg veins and spider veins.