Laser Vein Removal
Are you bothered by the appearance of body or facial spider veins?
In the past spider veins could be electrically cauterized during a painful procedure that was prone to scarring. Now laser vein removal is available to treat spider veins quickly and safely with minimal discomfort at Body Beautiful Day Spa!
The spider veins that can be treated with laser can appear as dots, bulges, splotches, or spider shapes, and can appear in a variety of colors ranging from red to purple to brown. They usually appear on the face or legs, but can appear anywhere on the body.
Laser Vein Removal Treatment Preparation
Prior to your Laser Vein Removal treatment, please:
- Avoid Glycolic Acid, Renova, Retin-A, Affirm, Differin, Tazorac, Alpha Hydroxy, Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic Acid, Astringents, Toners, and Prevage on treated area(s) for a minimum of 7 days before your Laser Vein Removal treatment.
- Avoid sun exposure in the area to be treated for at least 3 weeks prior to your Laser Vein Removal treatment.
- Avoid sun tanning, tanning beds, and tanning creams for at least 3 weeks prior to your Laser Vein Removal treatment.
On the day of your Laser Vein Removal Treatment:
- Remove make-up, deodorants, and lotions in the areas to be treated prior to your appointment.
- If your face is being treated and you have a history of cold sores, take cold sore medicine (ie. Valtrex) as directed by the physician.
- Please shave any hair growth in area to be treated prior to your Laser Vein Removal treatment.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Laser Vein Removal work?
The laser delivers pulses of light energy to the vein, which cause the blood within the vein to coagulate. This eventually destroys the blood vessel, which is then reabsorbed by your body.
What areas can be treated with laser vein removal?
Virtually any area of the body with spider veins can be treated, including on the face such as around the nose and eyes, the mouth, cheeks and chin.
How many treatments will I need?
Often only one laser vein removal treatment is sufficient. However, the number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color, and size of the vessels being treated. When a vein goes completely away with treatment, it rarely returns. Sometimes the body will reopen a vessel before it is completely reabsorbed, and sometimes vessels only partially respond.
Is Laser Vein Removal safe?
Yes. There may be some reddening of the skin over the treated vessels or local swelling which typically lasts less than a day. The Cutera CoolGlide used at Body Beautiful is less likely than older lasers to cause prolonged irritation, pigment changes or blistering.
Occasionally there can be increased or decreased pigment in the treated area, which generally resolves after several months.
For larger vessels on the legs, some bruising may be noted, but this usually clears up within a few weeks without further treatment.
The light from the Cutera CoolGlide Laser does not cause skin cancer.
Do Laser Vein Removal treatments hurt?
Most people experience a stinging sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the laser hand piece. Although there is usually no local anesthesia or pain medication required, many patients opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Following the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
Can Laser Vein Removal be used on all skin types?
The Cutera CoolGlide is one of the only lasers on the market that can treat men and women of all skin types 1 to 5 safely and effectively.
What are the possible side effects?
Most people have few if any side effects. Those most commonly noticed side effects are slight reddening and local swelling of the skin that typically last for less than 24 hours. Occasionally some people experience bruising and, in very rare instances, may experience some blistering.
How soon will I see results?
Typically the majority of the improvement in the treated veins occurs within two to six weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months.
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