Laser treatment for spider veins come in various forms. Among them are long-pulse Nd, long-pulse alexandrite, yag lasers and diode. Although there are many ways to remove spider veins, laser is considered to be one of the safest methods.
How the Treatment Works
The laser produces a concentrated light beam. The light wavelength is pointed to the blood pigment. The laser heats and eliminates the veins. In about a month or six weeks, the vein will dissipate.
During the therapy, the energy is transmitted using a laser hand piece. This is pointed to the vein using several short pulses. The light energy is soaked in by the blood vessel lining and the blood in them. The heat produces coagulation (clotting).
The spider veins typically disappear after three treatments. Treatment may be distributed every six weeks. More treatments will be needed if new veins manifest.
Side Effects and Preparation
The skin over the veins will have a reddish appearance and be somewhat stretchy. That is the only side effect known. However, all patients will be evaluated prior to undergoing treatment.
Laser treatment for spider veins cannot be used for varicose veins. The patient does not have to undergo any special preparation. The entire procedure will take about 10 to 20 minutes.
Good candidates for laser therapy are those who are psychologically stable, in good physical health and have no bleeding problems.
What Occurs During Treatment
The laser is equipped with a hand piece that cools the skin surface as the beam goes into the skin. Usually no anesthetics are needed. Afterwards the pulses are administered.
There is no pain; most will experience a tingling sensation during the laser transmission. If the patient feels some pain, topical anesthetic may be applied. The eyes are protected during the treatment.
Patients may resume normal activities after the treatment.
Facts about Spider Veins
These veins often appear on the legs and face. Their shape looks like a star with veins projecting from the center. This condition can afflict men and women.
Some of these veins resemble branches from a tree trunk or a web. The veins are red, purple or blue. These spider veins are harmless. Any pain felt near the area is not due to spider veins.
These veins are generated by abnormal blood flow and when the blood vessels become weak. Weight gain is also a factor. Studies show they are more common among the elderly. Sometimes these veins are inherited. Spider veins will not disappear on their own.
Maintaining good hygiene and reducing weight if overweight may prevent the veins from appearing. If you are overweight, regular exercise and walking regularly will help.
You should also avoid standing or sitting for extended periods. If your job requires you to stand for long periods, resting the feet will be necessary.
Laser treatment for spider veins is now considered as the safest and most reliable method available. Not only is it effective, but it also has very few side effects. Still, speak to your doctor first before undergoing the procedure.