Laser Vein Therapy
We use Laser Vein Therapy to treat smaller spider veins and other vascular lesions such as cherry angiomas (red moles) on the leg and face that sclerotherapy cannot address. During the treatment, a highly focused laser or beam of light is directed at the vein. The beam penetrates the skin and delivers heat energy into the vein, causing it to be sealed from its blood source. Once the vein no longer receives incoming blood, it dissolves and is no longer visible.
To ensure optimal results, we prescribe strict Pre-Treatment (link) and Post-Treatment care guidelines for our patients to follow. Following your treatment, our providers will discuss the proper post-treatment care. Veins may require 2-3 treatments, with treatments being scheduled 6-8 weeks apart.
Are You a Candidate for Laser Vein Therapy?
Our specialist will determine if you are an ideal candidate. A few contraindications include but are not limited to:
- Tanned skin
- No epilation for 4-6 weeks
- Pregnant, given birth in the last 6 months or breastfeeding
- History of keloid scarring
- Undiagnosed menstrual dysfunction
- History of seizures
- Current medication contraindications
- Had Accutane within the last 6 months
- Open lesions
- Herpes/cold sores
- Use exfoliant products
- Have had Clarisonic within the past 2 weeks
- Received a neuromodulator (BOTOX, Dysport, Xeomin, etc.) and/or dermal filler (Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, etc.) within the last 2 weeks
- Unprotected natural sun exposure, tanning bed, or sunless tanner within 3-7 days of treatment if being treated with the 1064-nm wavelength laser – prequestionnaire says 14 days, but Cynosure protocol says the above
Frequently Asked Questions
Each treatment takes between 20 to 30 minutes.
Most patients compare the 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser as a snap of a rubber band. Oftentimes, we use our SmartCool 6 air-cooling system in conjunction with gel, ultrasound gel, surgical lubricant or a clear aloe or a topical anesthetic to help alleviate any discomfort.
Using the 1064-nm Nd:YAG laser, we are able to treat facial, nose and fine leg spider veins.
Immediately following treatment, the area may appear flushed, warm, or slightly swollen but there should not be bruising. Any redness and swelling should fade over the course of a few hours and should not be enough to interfere with daily activities.
Immediately following treatment, your spider veins will be darker and more visible. However, they usually fade over two to six weeks post-treatment.