Laser Vein Removal
Laser vein removal may be done to reduce the appearance of varicose or spider veins.
What Are Varicose Veins?
Varicose veins are twisted, enlarged veins that may cause aching pain or discomfort or lead to more serious health concerns.
Symptoms or signs of varicose veins include:
- Veins that appear dark purple or blue
- Veins that appear twisted and bulging
- Achy or heavy feeling in the legs
- Burning, throbbing, muscle cramping, and swelling in the lower legs
- Pain that worsens after sitting or standing for extended periods of time
- Itching around one or more of the veins
- Changes in skin color around a varicose vein
What Are Spider Veins?
Spider veins are smaller than varicose veins and are typically found closer to the skin’s surface. They may appear red or blue in color and are typically found on the legs, but can also occur on the face. Spider veins often look like a spider’s web.
Who is a Candidate For Laser Vein Removal?
Laser vein removal may be an effective treatment for patients who:
- Are in good physical and emotional health
- Have realistic expectations for treatment
Treatment is NOT recommended for patients who:
- Have very dark skin and are at increased risk of hypopigmentation
- Have tanned their skin within the previous four to six weeks
- Have large veins
- Have broken skin in the treatment area
- Have blood clotting disorders
- Have insulin-dependent diabetes
- Have a tendency towards keloid scarring
- Are pregnant women
Patients should speak to a skincare specialist at The Bliss Room to learn more about treatment and find out if they are a candidate for laser vein removal.
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The type of laser used will also depend on the patient’s unique skin condition.
What to Expect During Laser Vein Removal
An experienced skincare specialist will cleanse the treatment area and provide the patient with protective eyewear during the procedure. The skincare practitioner will go on to move the laser across the treatment area.
When the laser comes in contact with the skin, it passes through the top layer to the enlarged blood vessels, which absorb the light and cause the vein to heat up and be destroyed. The damaged blood vessels are carried away by the body’s collecting cells.
Patients may feel a pinching or snapping sensation that may be eased by an anesthetic cream.
Patients may have redness or swelling immediately after the procedure, lasting a few days. Skin discoloration may also be a natural reaction to treatment, typically disappearing within one or two weeks. Patients may need additional treatments, spaced every four to six weeks, to achieve their desired results.
Potential Risks And Side Effects
Laser vein removal may lead to the following side effects:
- Sunburn sensation
Rare complications of laser vein removal include scarring, crusting, thinning of the skin, blistering, hyperpigmentation, hypopigmentation, and depression of the skin at the treatment site.