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Spider Vein Removal With Lasers

Spider veins are tiny, visible veins just under the surface of the skin. They are different from varicose veins, which are swollen veins that are often painful. These veins can be surgically removed because they no longer function.

Spider veins can be treated with laser therapy, which is the fastest and safest method for eliminating the appearance of spider veins. Sclerotherapy, another method for eliminating spider veins, requires injections in the spider veins and can take more than five treatments to achieve results, and is often disappointing for patients, as the appearance of spider veins often never goes away completely. Laser therapy for spider vein removal is non-invasive and usually takes only three treatments.

A laser is applied to the surface of the skin that delivers pulses of energy to the veins, causing the blood within to coagulate. Eventually, the spider veins shrink and are reabsorbed by the body. The most advanced laser for this kind of treatment is the Nd: YAG laser, which is the best choice for spider vein removal, and is often the laser used at medical spas, which are staffed by medical professionals. Laser therapy is also the best option for spider veins that are resistant to sclerotherapy. Before laser therapy is performed, it is important for a doctor to evaluate the patient to make sure there are no underlying problems with the veins that may be causing spider veins. Further evaluation is required if something wrong is detected.

Most patients do not experience any side effects, but may feel a slight burning sensation during the laser therapy. After spider vein laser therapy, patients are required to wear Ace bandages or support hose for about a week to ten days. Patients must also avoid hot baths for a few days after treatment, and should not do any vigorous exercising. Spider veins usually begin to fade a few days after the initial treatment, with results improving after additional treatments. Because new spider veins appear over time, additional laser treatments may be required to treat these new veins.