Spider Vein Treatment
Half of all women will experience Spider Veins during their lifetime. These clusters of red, purple, or blue web-like veins can appear almost anywhere on the body; but they are primarily seen on the thighs, legs, ankles, and even the face. Unsightly veins are often shameful and embarrassing. Women with Spider Veins may choose to forgo shorts, skirts, and swimwear; anything that exposes the legs.
There are many factors that can ultimately cause Spider Veins; these include pregnancy, hormonal shifts, weight gain, long hours spent on the feet, and heredity. Unfortunately, these unsightly areas cannot be eliminated without assistance.
Spider Vein Therapy, also referred to as Laser Vein Therapy, is a cosmetic treatment designed to safely and efficiently reduce Spider Veins, significantly improving the skin’s appearance.
Using a specialized hand piece, Spider Vein Therapy employs a pulsed laser-light, emitted over the targeted area of skin. Energy from the laser causes the vein to coagulate, eventually breaking down and becoming re-absorbed by the body.
The Ideal Candidate for Laser Vein Therapy
Patients of any age, dealing with unsightly ‘spider-like’ veins can benefit from Laser Vein Therapy. Women and men in generally good health, who understand the treatment, and have realistic expectations for the procedure will make the best candidates for Spider Vein Treatment.
Varicose Veins are not the same as Spider Veins; these are not treated in the same manner. Larger and darker in color, Varicose Veins may be the sign of a more serious health condition. Patients experiencing these bulging veins should have them evaluated by Dr Berry for possible referral to a Vascular Specialist.
The Laser Vein Procedure:
The procedure takes 15 minutes, and does not require any anesthesia. A small, handheld device will be passed over the predetermined treatment area, sending out quick, concentrated bursts of laser light. As the head of the laser cools the area both before and after the laser pulse, the procedure is considered by most as minimally painful; patients normally report a pin-prick sensation.
Most Spider Veins can be removed with one or two 15 minute sessions. The number of sessions required will depend on the area being treated.
Recovery After Spider Vein Laser Treatment:
No downtime is required after a Laser Vein Therapy session. Patients are able to return immediately to work or school. While some redness and swelling may initially occur, this will quickly fade over the first several hours. Bruising in the treatment area may take between one and two weeks to resolve.
The legs should remain slightly elevated, especially for patients spending long hours behind a desk. Only patients with large treatment areas will be required to wear support hose. For the first several weeks, strenuous exercise should be avoided, as well as prolonged exposure to the sun and UV rays.
Laser Vein Therapy can be used for Cherry Hemangiomas, as well. Spider Vein Therapy can be combined with other cosmetic procedures for optimal aesthetic results.
What is a Spider Vein treatment?
The appearance of Spider Veins, small red or purple vessels under the skin, can be reduced through a noninvasive laser treatment; this is referred to as Laser Vein Therapy. The pulsed laser energy will target individual Spider Veins, collapsing the vessels, and slowing fading over the coming weeks.
What areas are Spider Vein treatments successful?
With the CoolGlide laser, we can successfully treat Spider Veins on the face, arms, legs, and body.
How long do the results from a Spider Vein treatment last?
After one to two treatments, the targeted Spider Vein should disappear. You may continue to get new Spider Veins over the years, although these can be removed through a repeated Laser Vein treatment.
Am I a good candidate for a Spider Vein treatment?
The ideal candidate for Spider Vein Treatment will be a healthy man or woman, frustrated with small Spider Veins on the face, body or legs.
Will anesthesia be used during the Spider Vein treatment?
No anesthesia is required during Laser Vein therapy. The cutting-edge Cutera CoolGlide device cools the skin both before and after the laser-pulse.
Is the Spider Vein treatment painful?
Laser Vein Therapy causes minimal discomfort, and therefore no anesthesia is needed. Patients report feeling a ‘pin prick’ as the hand piece delivers its laser energy.
How long will a Spider Vein treatment take to perform?
Normally, a Spider Vein treatment session will take between 15 and 30 minutes to perform.
What can I expect from the Spider Vein treatment recovery period?
Patients should expect to have some localized redness and swelling immediately a Laser Vein treatment. These will normally fade over the first few hours. Bruising may also occur, and may take up to two weeks to completely resolve.
While sun and UV exposure should be postponed until at least two weeks have passed, normal activities can be resumed immediately after a Laser Vein Therapy.
What are the risks of a Spider Vein treatment?
Laser Vein Therapy is only provided by Dr Berry at this time. When properly executed, the treatment has few risks. If they occur, these can include skin irritation and hyperpigmentation.
When can I return to work after my Spider Vein treatment?
Patients are able to immediately return to work or school, following a Laser Vein Therapy session; although strenuous exercise should be postponed for the first three days. Patients should avoid tanning the week before and the week after their Spider Vein treatment, as well as refrain from flying during this time.
How much does the Spider Vein treatment cost?
The treatment costs $150 for the first 15 minutes, and $100 for each additional 15 minutes of treatment. Depending on the treatment area, more than one Spider Vein treatment may be required.
Can I finance my Spider Vein treatment?
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