Spider veins, also known as “telangiectasia” are capillaries which have been damaged and are now visible at the surface of the skin. These can appear red, blue or purple. These are found most commonly on the face and legs.
Reticular veins, also known as “feeder veins” are the blue to green veins that become enlarged, twisted and may protrude slightly. Reticular veins, even if not yet visible are the root problem that gives rise to spider veins on areas like the legs.
What is Laser Vein Therapy?
Laser Vein Therapy is a laser treatment for spider or reticular veins on the face and body to permanently remove these broken and unsightly vessels. Spider veins are non vital, meaning there is no real need for them, which means we can safely treat them.
Causes of Leg and Facial Veins
- Gender: There is a 4 to 1 female to male ratio
- Age: Spider veins usually start between the ages of 18-35 and will peak between ages 50-60
- Pregnancy, Hormonal Changes & High Blood Pressure
- Trauma or injury to the area where veins occur
- Lifestyle/Occupation: High heeled shoes, sitting or standing for long periods, binding clothing, birth control pills, chronic constipation
- Excessive sun exposure
Laser Vein Therapy vs Sclerotherapy
Laser spider vein treatments have become very popular because they are non-invasive and offer many advantages over sclerotherapy, including cost of treatments and quick recovery time. While sclerotherapy may take multiple treatments of needle injections, laser treatment may only require one treatment and needles are not used.
How Does Laser Vein Therapy Work?
During the laser vein removal treatment a concentrated beam of light energy is directed precisely at the small blood vessels. The light penetrates below the surface of the skin where the heat from the laser beam causes the blood within the tiny vessels to coagulate. The walls of the vein collapse, blood flow is stopped and over the next two to eight weeks the vein is broken down, metabolized and disappears. Blood flow is redirected to veins deeper within the skin, where it should be.