Laser Ablation of Spider Veins
Laser technology allows us to treat spider veins on the face and legs. It is especially good for spider veins on the face and areas of very small and matted spider veins on the legs. The unsightly veins on the face tend to be red skinny lines on the nose and cheeks which respond nicely to lasers. The laser beam can easily be aimed at these tiny spots and achieve good results.
Spider veins are caused by a variety of factors, including heredity, pregnancy and weight gain, and are estimated to affect nearly half of all adult women in the US. Some people experience painful symptoms such as aching, burning, swelling and cramping from spider veins, while others are bothered by their appearance.
Treatment for spider veins can be done through traditional sclerotherapy or through more advanced and minimally invasive laser procedures. Laser treatment for spider veins offers patients:
- Fewer side effects
- Less trauma
- Shorter treatment time
- Shorter recovery time
- Minimal downtime
There are several different types of laser treatment available, including endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), which treats large veins by passing a laser fiber through a catheter directly into the vein. Veins just under the surface of the skin can be treated with a simpler laser procedure over the course of several treatment sessions. Your doctor will decide which procedure is best for you after performing a physical examination and going over your medical history and general health.