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Vein and Vascular Treatments 

Laser vein treatment takes less than an hour, and patients describe it as minimally uncomfortable. The procedure uses a focused beam of light to target the spider vein without damaging nearby tissue. The laser heats and destroys the spider vein and it disappears over a period of four to six weeks.

What are vein and vascular treatments?

It’s no secret that ours skin doesn’t always cooperate with us the way we want it to. Many of our patients come into our office wondering what they can do for their red spots, and blotchy skin. While many believe that medical-grade skin care is the only way to treat their uneven skin tone, the real results lie in treating the problem at its source. 

What are spider veins?

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia or venulectasias, are tiny red, blue or purple thread-like veins near the surface of the skin that look like a spider's web. These dilated and visible veins are caused by increased pressure inside the veins. Spider veins can develop on any part of the body, including the face, but most often appear on the thighs, calves, ankles or buttocks.

What type of laser is used to treat spider veins?

The most common laser used to treat spider veins is the Nd: YAG laser system, like our Cutera XEO. It is a hand-held device and also has a cooling tip to minimize discomfort during your treatment.

How does the laser work?

The Nd: YAG laser penetrates the skin into the superficial blood vessel. The heat generated from the laser coagulates the blood inside the spider vein, causing it to collapse and seal. Over the next few weeks, the spider vein will disappear and all the blood will be removed by the body's scavenging cells. The newer laser treatments allow the delivery of a precise dosage of energy to each blood vessel without injuring any nearby structures.

What other vein and vascular treatments are available?

At Outlast Aesthetics, we typically use the Nd: YAG laser system to treat vein and vascular issues. The Nd:YAG laser works by targeting the deeper layers of skin to treat vascular issues at their very core. Other systems we use to treat vascular and vein conditions include:

Is laser therapy painful?

During treatment, you may feel a slight tingling sensation as the laser fires. Our laser has a cooling system that prevents the tip of the laser from getting too hot and resulting in burns or damage to the area, and is extremely soothing during treatment.

What precautions should I take prior to treatment?

There are no major preparations required before the laser treatment, but you will want to avoid sun exposure, aspirin, alcohol and smoking for at least a week prior to the procedure.

As for the day of treatment, avoid all creams, lotions and moisturizers on the area that is going to be treated. Also, wear comfortable clothing that allows easy access to the body part(s) being treated.

What results can I expect from Nd:YAG laser treatments?

The Nd: YAG laser can be used to treat a variety of different skin concerns. In addition to treating vein and vascular conditions, we can also use the Nd: YAG laser to treat the following:

  • Cherry angiomas

  • Hemangiomas

  • Broken blood vessels

  • Rosacea

  • Port wine stains

What are potential complications of laser therapy?

The risks associated with laser vein therapy are minimal. Your eyes will be shielded during the treatments. We utilize a state-of-the-art cooling system, thus the treatments are low risk and relatively pain-free.

How many treatments are needed?

Depending on the size and number of veins, two to six treatments will be needed. The treatments are usually done 4-6 weeks apart. Those with a tendency towards vascular problems will most likely require additional treatments.

Will my spider veins return?

There is no cure for spider veins. Although treatment does not prevent the development of new spider veins, the removal of existing veins can dramatically improve the appearance of the affected area, providing a more youthful, healthy look and an even color pattern to the skin. Spider veins can be recurrent and thus, more treatments will be required in the future.

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