Westlake patients discover key points about laser treatment for spider vein removal
Are you plagued by blue or red lines on your face or along your legs? No matter how well you have taken care of your skin, spider veins or blood vessels may appear on your legs and face. They may be genetic or the result of obesity, fluctuating hormones, or trauma. Thankfully, treatments are available to improve the appearance of the veins. In Westlake, Associates in Dermatology offer laser treatment for spider veins.
Spider veins versus varicose veins
Many women have superficial groups of blue, red, or purple veins. Varicose veins and spider veins are often confused. Also called telangiectasia, spider veins are small, dilated superficial veins. The veins spread out like a spider web and are caused by increased pressure. They may be red or blue, but they do not cause discomfort. Although they are not painful, spider veins may be a cosmetic issue leading women to hide their legs.
Varicose veins, or varicosities, occur when the veins are not working properly. They are enlarged, dilated, and overfilled. Varicose veins may be red or blue and are often swollen, painful, and/or itchy. Common causes include pregnancy, menopause, obesity, standing for extended periods of time, and genetics.
Laser treatment for spider veins
Fortunately, spider veins are rarely a medical problem but generally a cosmetic one to improve the appearance of the veins. Eliminating the problem begins with a consultation to assess the veins and to determine an appropriate treatment plan. Unfortunately, spider veins are progressive and usually increase in number and visibility over time. Laser procedures are commonly used to treat spider veins so they are no longer visible.
Key points about laser spider vein removal
Spider veins can be safely treated with laser procedures. Laser technology uses precisely controlled and targeted energy to treat and close the veins. The surrounding tissue is left unharmed. Laser treatments are safe and effective when performed by a medical professional. When considering laser spider vein treatment, keep the following points in mind:
- Small to medium blood vessels can be treated.
- During the treatment, protective lenses are worn to shield the eyes from the laser.
- The laser is passed over the target area allowing its energy to heat and destroy the blood vessels. Gradually, over the course of a few weeks, the body reabsorbs the vessels so they disappear from sight.
- Possible side effects are generally mild and may include redness, bruising, or blistering in the treatment area. As the skin heals, any discomfort fades.
- Although downtime is not necessary following treatment, as with any laser procedure, the skin needs to be protected from sun exposure.
- For the best results, adhere to the doctor’s post care instructions. Wearing compression garments may be recommended. Compression stockings help reduce the symptoms and prevent veins from reappearing.
- In some cases, more than one treatment is needed.
For more information on laser treatment for spider vein removal, contact the team at Associates in Dermatology in Westlake, OH. Call (440) 482-8323 today.Back to Spider Veins Page