Are you bothered by unwelcome spider veins? These dysfunctional blood vessels rarely cause symptoms, but if you have them, you may seek their removal purely for cosmetic reasons. Here at Huntington Women’s Health, we encourage you to learn all about spider vein reduction via laser treatment.
Spider veins are a form of varicose vein. Both are dysfunctional blood vessels, spider veins being quite a bit smaller than their varicose cousins. A vein is responsible for transporting blood to your heart after its travels throughout your body delivering oxygen. Each vein has a one-way valve that is supposed to keep blood flowing in only one direction. A varicose vein has faulty valves that allow blood to pool into it, leading to the characteristic bulging and twisted appearance.
A spider vein is a smaller version of a varicose vein. Spider veins are much less likely to lead to symptoms and tend to be blue or purple in color, while varicose veins are usually blue or green. Spider veins also tend to have a branched or web-like appearance, unlike varicose veins that are large and bulging.
Spider Vein Reduction via Laser Treatment
Laser treatments offer a non-invasive and non-toxic therapy utilizing light energy that destroys spider veins. The treatment involves the use of the laser that is applied to the dysfunctional vein, transmitting photons that are taken in by the vein. This generates heat energy that destroys the spider vein, which then shrinks and eventually dissolves as it is absorbed by your body.
Before your procedure, you will take part in a consultation where we will go over your medical history and examine the spider veins that will be treated. This is an opportunity for you to ask questions, discuss your expectations, and receive pre-procedure instructions. You may be asked to avoid sun exposure, waxing, or tanning beds for a couple of weeks before your treatment. You may also need to refrain from taking anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, or certain herbal supplements that could increase the risk of bleeding.
After Your Procedure
It may take a few weeks to notice significant changes after your procedure. Some patients require multiple treatments. After your procedure, you should not apply makeup or lotion in the treatment area for about 24 hours. Apply a good moisturizer to the area that was treated for a couple of times each day and for a few months after your final procedure.
Contact Us for More Information
If you are ready to say goodbye to your spider veins with a spider vein reduction via laser treatment, please reach out and make an appointment with Huntington Women’s Health! At our convenient location in Huntington, NY, our caring and devoted team of professionals will be pleased to explain this option to you in full and answer any questions you may have. Contact us today to set up your consultation – we look forward to speaking with you!