Laser Vein Reduction

 

Overview
Laser is a gold standard treatment for spider veins.  Candela’s YAG laser heats up the small vein and destroys it.  The laser beam is focused and does not damage the nearby skin tissue.  Over a period of four to six weeks, the vein is reabsorbed by the body and disappears.

How does the laser work?
The YAG laser enters the skin and penetrates the superficial blood vessel.  The heat generated from the laser coagulates the blood inside the vessel causing it to collapse and seal.  Over the next few weeks, the vessel will disappear and the body will reabsorb it.  The Candela YAG laser allows the delivery of a precise dosage of energy to each blood vessel without injuring any nearby structures.

How do I know if I am a candidate for laser vein treatment?
Almost everyone is a good candidate, however all individuals are evaluated prior to laser therapy.  Candidates must have light skin and no tanning the skin prior to treatment. Laser therapy is most effective for the very small spider veins and not used to treat large varicose veins.

Is laser therapy painful?
As the laser pulses, you may feel as if you’re being lightly snapped by a rubber band.  The majority of individuals do not require any type of anesthesia, but for those who anticipate pain, we may apply a topical anesthetic 20-60 minutes prior to the procedure. 

What preparations must I take?
Avoid booking this treatment when your skin is tan, and do not consume aspirin and/ or alcohol 48 hour prior to treatment.  On the day of your treatment, you should avoid all creams, lotions and moisturizers on the area that is to be treated.

What can I expect after my treatment?
Soon after the procedure, the treated area may be raised and red for a few hours.  Sometimes slight bruising may occur.  We strongly recommend staying out of the sun to prevent hyper-pigmentation of the treated area.

How often can I have laser therapy for spider vein treatment?
It’s generally recommended that the treatments be spaced four to six weeks apart.

How many treatments will I need? 
Usually between two to six treatments.  Those with a tendency towards vascular problems will most likely require additional treatments.

How long does it take to see results after the laser?
It largely depends on the size of the vessel.  If they are small, you can see instant results; if the vessel is larger, it may take several treatments. 

Are the results from laser treatments for spider veins permanent?
While there is no cure for spider veins, once a vein is completely dead and reabsorbed by the body, it should be gone.  Due to many factors however, you could form new spider veins that might require touch up treatments.

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