What are spider veins?
Spider veins are small blood vessels that twist and turn and are easy to see through the skin. They may appear purple, red or blue. Spider veins are most commonly seen on the chest, face, or legs. Spider veins can be caused by heredity, jobs that require standing for long periods of time, obesity, or other factors.
Many patients suffering from spider veins dislike the appearance of the affected area(s). Others may experience painful throbbing, cramping, aching, or other uncomfortable symptoms.
What is laser spider vein removal treatment?
If you are seeking spider vein treatment for cosmetic or medical purposes, there are a number of options at Hollywood Dermatology, including laser spider vein removal. Spider vein laser treatment is a procedure that closes spider veins using laser energy. The heat created by the laser causes small damages to the vein, which turns into scar tissue. Eventually, this causes the vein to collapse and close off. After the vein is closed completely, the blood naturally reroutes to a healthier vein for continued circulation. For some patients, laser spider vein removal is an appealing alternative to sclerotherapy, which uses injections to produce the same result.
What is the difference between spider vein laser removal and sclerotherapy?
Spider vein laser removal and sclerotherapy produce similar outcomes, however, spider vein laser treatment is done without the use of needles or injections, and only involves applying a laser beam on the skin’s surface. It may also involve using a specialized vein viewer, which helps your doctor find the vein that needs treatment with high accuracy. This appeals to many patients who are not comfortable with needles. Both procedures result in the vein eventually closing up and the blood naturally rerouting to another vein.
While a vein may take up to 1-2 years to completely disappear after spider vein laser treatment, it generally takes a shorter amount of time for a vein to close after sclerotherapy.
Are there any side effects to laser spider vein removal?
Laser treatment to reduce spider veins may cause one or more of the following side effects near the treatment area(s):
- Skin discoloration
- Blister formation
- Minor discomfort
What are the benefits of undergoing laser spider vein removal?
The benefits of undergoing spider vein laser treatment with Hollywood Dermatology include the following:
- Non-invasive treatment
- Involves no needles
- Highly effective
- No downtime
- Can be done on an outpatient basis
If you are interested in laser spider vein removal, please use the form on this page to schedule a consultation at Hollywood Dermatology or visit our contact page for information about our South Florida locations.