Spider Vein Treatment – Laser Therapy
Lasers have fascinated us since Star Wars. Many physicians purchase a laser with the intent of offering cosmetic services including spider vein treatment. However, the gold standard therapy for spider veins remains sclerotherapy despite advances in lasers. We recommend sclerotherapy for most patients and laser for those patients with venous matting or delicate spider veins too small to inject.
LASER is an acronym which stands for Light Amplification Stimulated Emission Radiation. A laser emits a monochromatic or pure color light which is focused on a target of its complimentary color. Lasers used for the treatment of spider veins target red or blue vessels. The goal is to destroy the spider vein while not damaging the overlying skin or surround tissues.
Patients often describe laser therapy as repeated popping of the skin with a rubber band. If the veins do not respond to the laser the operator may turn the power up, causing more pain and a risk of skin burns or scarring.
If you choose laser therapy for your spider veins it is important to select a provider with laser experience and knowledge in the evaluation and treatment of spider and varicose veins. Your selection of a physician for your spider vein treatment is one of the most important aspects to your recovery.
What To Expect With Your Laser Spider Vein Treatment
- The treatment of spider veins with laser therapy is associated with a few side effects that you should be aware of:
- Poor response: A poor response suggests underlying vein reflux feeding the spider veins
- Pain: Pain with laser treatments is worse if the veins are not responding and the power is increased
- Scarring: Skin burns and pigmentation of the skin can be seen in laser treatment of spider veins
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