No one likes the ugly appearance of spider veins that crisscross your skin and make you look and feel older and less attractive. Plus, without treatment, spider veins can cause problems beyond the aesthetic, resulting in tingling, burning and numbness, as well as itching, pain and other symptoms that can interfere with your quality of life. Scratching itchy spider veins may provide a little temporary relief, but because the skin is very thin over these superficial veins, it can easily result in skin damage, including sores that can increase your risk for infections.
Transdermal Laser Treatment: An Alternative to Sclerotherapy
For years, the only way to treat spider veins was with sclerotherapy, a minimally-invasive technique that uses injections of special solutions to scar the inside of spider veins, causing them to close off to the flow of blood. Over time, these tiny closed vessels are absorbed back into the body, relieving symptoms and approving the appearance of your skin. In time, lasers were introduced to varicose vein treatment through a technique called endovenous laser treatment (EVLT), which inserts very thin laser fibers into affected vessels, releasing focused laser energy to damage the linings of affected vessels so they become closed and eventually absorbed by the body. EVLT can be a great technique to consider for larger veins, but spider veins are too tiny for these fibers, meaning that until recently, men and women who wanted to rid themselves of spider veins almost always turned to sclerotherapy.
But in recent years, medical research has found new ways to treat spider veins with lasers – and the best part is, it’s a completely noninvasive technique that doesn’t require injections or incisions. It’s called transdermal laser therapy, and it works like this: A special handheld device is passed over your skin that lies just above the spider veins you want to have removed. As the device passes these veins, tiny bursts of highly focused laser energy are sent into your skin, targeting the vessels and destroying them with focused heat without harming the surrounding tissue. It accomplishes its task using adjustable wavelengths of energy, which means the energy can be directed very precisely to the veins themselves, leaving surrounding tissue unaffected. Veins can be treated in just a few minutes and multiple veins can be treated in one session, leaving you ready to resume your regular routine right after treatment.
Is transdermal laser treatment right for you?
Of course, despite all the advantages of the transdermal laser treatment technique, it’s not always an ideal option for every patient or for every vein. The only way to know for sure if you’re a good candidate for transdermal laser treatment is to call our office and schedule an evaluation. The expert staff at our Houston vein clinic will carefully examine your spider veins and review your medical history to help you decide is the transdermal technique could help you relieve symptoms and get the cosmetic results you’re looking for.