Vascular Laser Treatments for the face and body.
What are Spider veins?
Spider veins, or "star-bursts," are so named because these tiny veins just beneath the skin often radiate out from a central point, reminiscent of the shape of a spider. They may also appear as fine, separate lines, as a web-like maze, or as "branches" from a single "trunk" of a tree-shaped form. Spider veins can develop on any part of the body, including the face, thighs, calves, and ankles. Although their exact cause is unknown, it is known that spider veins are related to abnormal blood flow in the affected veins. Any condition or activity that puts pressure on leg veins (e.g., gaining weight and sitting or standing for long periods of time), call contribute to their development. In women, spider veins often appear during pregnancy.
What are some of the common benefits of this treatment?
The laser is used to selectively target and destroy the red coloration of the spider veins, which are usually close to the surface of the skin, without damaging the surrounding tissue. The procedure is relatively quick, and 110 anesthesia is needed. After treatment, the skin can be noticeably more uniform and natural in appearance.
What will happen at the initial consultation?
During the initial consultation, your doctor will advise you on the changes that you would like to make in your appearance. He/she will explain the different options available to you, the procedure itself, and its risks and limitations. Your doctor will begin with a complete medical history and examine the affected area. He/she may also take photos, give you specific instructions to follow, and give you instructions for pre-treating your skin.
How is the Treatment performed?
First, the doctor or an assistant will cleanse your face to remove oils on the skin. Next, brief intense, emissions of light from the laser will be used to remove the superficial blood vessels at precisely controlled levels of penetration.
Is it painful?
You may feel a slight burning or stinging sensation as the laser penetrates your skin. However, pain is minimal and no anesthesia is required. Many patients liken the feeling to a rubber band snapping on the skin.
What is the long-term out come of this treatment?
Although laser removal of spider veins may not erase all imperfections in the skin, most patients CU"C satisfied with the results. After treatment, the unsightly red veins arc significantly diminished and the skin is returned to a more natural, uniform state. It is important to remember, however, that laser removal does not deter the normal effects or aging and that treatment does not prevent tile occurrence of new spider veins.
Who is a candidate for Laser Vein Removal?
In general, the best candidates tor laser removal of spider veins:
- Are physically healthy
- Are psychologically stable
- Do not smoke
- Want to change their appearance
- Have superficial spider veins that will respond to laser treatment
- Are not taking Accutane, nor have taken it for the previous 18 months
- Do not have unusual scar formations, such as keloids
- Are well informed about the procedure
- Hold realistic expectations about the outcome