Spider veins affect the majority of adults. Although these veins are technically harmless, they can be signs of underlying problems with vein disease. Furthermore, many people find the appearance of spider veins to be unsightly. Finding an effective spider vein treatment can help you get rid of these pesky veins. Today, many vein doctors recommend transdermal laser treatment to eliminate spider veins. This treatment is preferred by patients because it is safe, non-invasive, and results in excellent outcomes.
What Is Transdermal Laser Treatment?
Transdermal laser therapy uses laser energy to eliminate spider veins. During the therapy, a focused beam of light is pulsed onto the affected veins. Laser energy provides uniform heat to the veins from the outside. This heat energy disrupts the collagen fibers that create vein walls, triggering them to collapse. Following this treatment, the veins are simply reabsorbed into the body, leaving smooth, unmarked skin behind. Unlike some other forms of spider vein and varicose vein treatment, transdermal laser therapy is considered a non-invasive treatment. This means that the vascular surgeons do not need to make any incisions.
What to Expect from Your Transdermal Laser Treatment Appointment
When you arrive for your transdermal laser treatment appointment, wear loose fitting clothing and avoid the use of lotions on the treatment area. During treatment, you will lie still and wear special sunglasses to protect your eyes from the laser light.
As the laser beam passes through your skin to target the affected veins, you may feel slight discomfort. Most patients describe this as a slight stinging sensation, almost like their skin has been snapped by a rubber band. Your vein doctors will talk with you during the procedure to ensure that you are comfortable. Each session lasts about 30 minutes, and it may take several sessions to complete the treatment. In most situations, you must wait six weeks between sessions to ensure the best outcomes; talk to your provider at the vein clinic to create a treatment plan that works with your schedule.
After returning home, you are able to resume everyday activities almost immediately. However, it is best to avoid using sunscreen on the treated areas for a couple of weeks. Also, do not soak in a bath or hot tub for one week following treatment, as that may irritate skin. Some patients experience slight itching after treatment, but this can be treated with an over-the-counter cortisone cream. Avoid scratching the area, which can impact the efficacy of treatment.
If you’re concerned about the appearance of spider veins or varicose veins, contact us today. At Metro Vein Centers, we specialize in the use of transdermal laser treatment to get rid of unsightly veins. Talk to one of our vein experts today to learn more about whether transdermal laser treatment is right for you.