Laser vein treatment is a new and safe way to get rid of spider veins on the legs for most skin types. In this treatment, the laser sends quick bursts of light onto the vein, which makes it slowly disappear.
This method is popular because it doesn’t use needles or make any cuts. However, the heat from the laser might feel a bit uncomfortable. To help with this, the technician will use cooling methods during the treatment to ease any discomfort. Each session usually lasts about 15 to 20 minutes. Depending on how severe the spider veins are, you might need between two to five sessions for the best results. The great thing is, you can go back to your normal activities right after the treatment. It’s important to note that for really big spider veins (bigger than 3 mm), laser therapy might not be the best choice.
After the laser vein treatment, it’s normal to see some improvement, but the full effect often becomes more noticeable over time. Your body gradually absorbs the treated veins, leading to clearer, smoother-looking skin on your legs.
It’s crucial to follow any aftercare instructions given by your technician. These might include avoiding direct sunlight on the treated area and possibly wearing compression stockings to support healing.
While laser vein treatment is effective for many people, it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. Factors like the size and depth of the spider veins, as well as your overall skin and vein health, play a role in how successful the treatment will be.
In cases where laser vein treatment isn’t suitable, especially for larger veins, there are other options available. Your technician can discuss these alternatives with you, ensuring you find the best approach to address your spider veins.
Regular follow-up appointments may be suggested to monitor the progress and determine if additional treatments are necessary. Remember, each individual’s experience with laser vein treatment can vary, and our goal is to provide you with a tailored approach for optimal results.
Varicose (Spider) Vein Treatment F.A.Q
How can I prepare for laser vein treatment?
The procedure does not require a lot of preparation. However, you can take some small steps to make laser vein treatment more effective and successful. It is recommended to avoid sun exposure, aspirin, and smoking for 4-6 weeks before the procedure. On the day of the procedure, it is recommended that you wear comfortable clothing and avoid applying creams, lotions, and moisturizers to the treatment area. A spray tan or artificial tan cannot be treated.
What are the side effects from laser vein treatment?
The appearance of redness or swelling of the skin occurs immediately post-treatment and generally lasts a few days post-treatment. There will also be discolouration of the treated area, which generally lasts one to two months post-treatment.
Who is a good candidate for laser vein treatment?
Our laser spider vein removal procedure works best on patients with a variety of skin types, ranging from fair to light brown skin types. In the event that the laser vein treatment is not suitable for you, we can always recommend alternative treatment options.
How painful is laser vein treatment?
There might be a slight tingling sensation associated with our laser spider vein removal treatment but no anesthetics are required.
How many laser vein treatments am I going to need?
It is usually necessary for laser vein patients to undergo between one and four laser vein treatments for optimal results. In terms of treatment time, each laser vein treatment session can last anywhere from 15 and 30 minutes.
Is it possible that my varicose and spider veins could return even after laser vein treatment?
Current treatments for varicose veins and spider veins have very high success rates compared to traditional surgical treatments. Over a period of years, however, more abnormal veins may develop as there is no known cures for weak vein valves (which causes spider veins). Wearing graduated compression support stockings may help in reducing the speed/frequency of the development of new spider veins.
What technology is used for the laser vein treatment?
Our practice uses the 2022 released GentleMax Pro Plus Laser Systemto treat spider veins. There is minimal downtime post- laser vein treatment. Patients should ensure the area is protected from sun exposure after laser vein treatment for optimal results.