Laser Therapy for Spider Veins
Laser therapy has come a long way in the past 20 years. The tools and techniques used to obliterate bothersome varicose veins and spider veins nearly guarantee positive results. And when you rely on the expertise of a top-rated vein specialist at Century Medical and Dental Center, you put your unsightly veins on notice, as the multi-disciplinary practice has years of successful outcomes. You don’t have to live with the embarrassment of the red web-like blood vessels any longer. Call today for quick, painless relief.
Laser therapy for spider veins and small varicose veins is a non-invasive procedure that relies on the power of a laser to remove the unsightly veins. Unwanted veins are impaired by the photons delivered by the laser. The damaged veins then shrink and dissolve.
Laser for spider vein treatment is effective for veins anywhere on your body, but it’s the most common procedure for removing facial spider veins. Your vein specialist at Century Medical and Dental Center in Brooklyn is one of the top vein doctors in the country, particularly adept at treating veins successfully with a laser.
Spider Vein Removal
The vein doctors at Century Medical and Dental Center are part of a multi-disciplinary team that’s made up of experts from a wide range of medical specialties. So getting a referral to a vein doctor is seamless. Whether you’re talking to your cosmetic doctor about how the web-like veins look or undergoing your annual physical exam with your general internist, spider vein laser treatment is an option within the same office.
Almost everyone is eligible to receive laser for spider vein removal unless you’re in poor health or have an underlying skin disorder that makes you more sensitive to the strong laser light. Laser spider vein removal is rarely used to treat spider and varicose veins on your legs; sclerotherapy usually is more effective for that.
Preparing for the Laser Treatments
You have very little preparation prior to your treatment. You receive instructions before you reach the office, which include:
- Don’t take any medications that could cause bleeding, such as anti-inflammatory medications, aspirin, ibuprofen and herbal supplements
- Avoid sunbathing, tanning booths and waxing for at least two weeks prior to the treatment
- Stop smoking
Removing your spider veins with a laser is an outpatient procedure that’s done right in your doctor’s office, at one of the three Brooklyn offices of Century Medical and Dental Center. Your doctor reviews your medical records, explains the risks involved with the spider vein treatment, and ensures that your goals and expectations are met.
How to Get Rid of Spider Veins
The entire laser process takes anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour, depending on how many veins are being treated and how big the errant veins have become. One of the benefits of laser for spider veins is that the entire process is done outside your skin. Your doctor simply targets the veins with the intense light, which obliterates the vein without ever piercing your skin.
Rely on an experienced vein doctor to prevent burning and other side effects. Sometimes, more than one laser therapy session is required, typically scheduled within six to 12 weeks, depending on your doctor’s recommendation. Usually, your doctor tells you of this possibility at your consultation.
Risks and Side Effects
When you depend on a reliable vein doctor, experienced in using lasers, you mitigate the side effects and risks. Lasers have been successfully used to treat small varicose and spider veins for more than 20 years with rare medical consequences. However, unforeseen side effects can occur and may include:
- Burns on the skin
- Pain or discomfort
- Skin discoloration
- Prickling sensation from nerve damage
- Blood clot
Recovery from Spider Vein Laser Treatment
Since no anesthesia is required for the spider vein removal process, you can leave immediately following the procedure and resume your normal activities. Any discomfort you feel after the procedure dissipates within a couple days and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers like acetaminophen. You may be provided with an ointment to reduce the risks of developing an infection.
The timeline for your complete recovery generally follows a typical schedule:
- For the first couple weeks:
- Walk daily, as recommended by your doctor.
- Expect the sites treated to appear slightly bruised.
- Avoid heavy lifting, squatting, running or any activity that puts pressure on the treated area.
- Don’t stand or sit in one place for more than an hour or two at a time.
- Within one month:
- Wear whatever clothes you want; no more hiding your skin because it had unsightly veins.
- Resume most every kind of exercise.
- Continue to get up every hour or so when sitting for long periods of time and sit down when standing at length.
Once you’ve had varicose or spider veins, your risks of developing them again in other areas increases. If that happens, don’t hesitate to contact doctor in Downtown Brooklyn at Century Medical and Dental Center. The earlier you get treatment, the better chance you have of successfully removing all vestiges of the veins before they start getting in the way of your lifestyle.