SPIDER VEIN REMOVAL FAQS

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The laser’s heat energy is attracted to small spider veins near the surface of the skin. When the vein absorbs the heat from the laser, the blood insider the vein coagulates. Eventually the vein closes and is naturally absorbed by the body.
You may feel slight discomfort during and immediately after treatment. You can apply cold gel packs or ice to the treated areas to reduce discomfort.
Most patients tolerate this treatment very well. Patients who are taking high doses of iron may have an increased risk of hyper-pigmentation. Additionally, patients with a history of the following conditions may not be good candidates for laser treatment and should consult their primary care provider when considering treatment:

  • Diabetic patients or patients with poor circulation
  • Patients who have a history of poor healing
  • Patients who take a blood thinner, such as Coumadin or Aspirin
Yes. Your laser technician will test the laser on a small area. The technician will then assess your response to the treatment, and any side effects you might experience.
Your spider veins may appear bruised or dark red following treatment. This discoloration will fade in a few weeks. Brown discoloration may take several months to fade. You’ll need to wait 4 to 6 weeks before the next treatment. Your body’s absorption of the veins continues for few weeks. Some spider veins may disappear immediately after a treatment.
It depends – most people need 4 to 6 treatments for optimal results.
After treatment, your leg veins may appear swollen, bruised or dark red. Consult the clinic immediately if you experience increased discomfort, redness, swelling, or blistering.
Yes – there are a few things you should avoid just before your treatment:

  • Stay out of the sun. For 4 days prior to treatment, protect the area to be treated from sun exposure. If the area is exposed to the sun, you should reschedule your treatment.
  • Don’t use tanning creams, spray tans, or any type of temporary pigmented creams prior to treatment.
  • On the day of your treatment, avoid applying skin care products on the area to be treated. Your skin should be clean and dry.
  • Don’t use EMLA cream or L.M.X.4, or any other topical anesthetic that may constrict blood vessels.
Yes, please follow these guidelines for post-treatment care:

  • You may apply ice to the treated area, elevate your legs, or take Tylenol as needed.
  • Avoid the sun completely for at least a week to reduce hyper-pigmentation. If you’re going to be in the sun, use a broad-spectrum SPF-30 zinc oxide or titanium oxide cream with UV A/B sun block.
  • Check with your provider about using a daily moisturizer, performing strenuous exercise, or wearing compression stockings after your treatment.
  • Don’t use EMLA cream or L.M.X.4, or any other topical anesthetic that may constrict blood vessels.

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