Laser Vein Therapy

Spider veins (telangiectasias)

laserveinset2Many patients suffer with unsightly spider veins on their face and legs. Spider veins (telangiectasias) are small red, blue and purple blood vessels that appear most frequently on the face and thighs. Varicose veins are larger in diameter and may appear raised with a bluish color. Although sclerotherapy is the treatment of choice for most varicose and spider vein treatments the laser is often the preferred treatment for facial veins and smaller leg veins.

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Staining or “matting”

laserveinset1The laser can also do a good job of treating the staining or “matting” that can occur after sclerotherapy treatments. Our new, advanced laser treatments allow us to deliver a precise dosage of energy to each vein. During your treatment, light energy is delivered though a special laser handpiece to the targeted vein. The light energy is absorbed by the blood vessels, but not the surrounding tissue. This heat absorption causes a coagulation of the blood vessel, which is subsequently absorbed by your body.

The majority of the treated vessels will be gone within one or two treatments. For maximum long-term resolution, one or two additional treatments may be necessary. However, if new veins appear, additional treatments are generally required for optimum results. These treatments are spaced at least eight weeks apart.

Photos: courtesy of Lumenis