New technology in laser treatment safely and effectively treats spider veins in legs of most skin types. The laser transmits bursts of light onto the vein, which promotes the appearance of the vein to slowly fade.
Laser vein treatment is an appealing option to combat spider veins as it does not use needles or incisions. However, the heat sensation from the laser’s wavelengths may be painful for patients. During the treatment, the technician will also provide cooling which can help reduce the pain from this heat sensation. The length of treatment is typically 15 to 20 minutes long. Depending on the severity of the veins, two to five treatments are generally needed for sufficient outcomes. Patients may return to normal activity immediately post-treatment. For large spider veins (larger than 3 mm), laser therapy may not be a practical option.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contact us at LMC – Laser Medical Clinic to book your Laser Vein Treatment consultation appointment.