If you are suffering from abnormal veins, you understand just how embarrassing they can be. Fortunately, a variety of treatments are available. One of the most popular and least invasive treatments available to patients with abnormal veins is transdermal laser treatment, which may also be referred to as “pulsed light therapy.”

What is Transdermal Laser Treatment?

Transdermal laser treatment is an option available to patients with spider veins on the legs and/or face. During the procedure, a vascular surgeon applies laser energy to the surface of the skin above the abnormal veins. The treatment works by forcing the veins in question to contract. The blood within these veins thickens and clots, and the veins eventually fade from view.

What to Expect During and After the Procedure

Transdermal laser treatment doesn’t require any incisions or general anesthesia. You won’t need to be hospitalized, and you can go home immediately after the procedure is complete. However, you may experience some stinging or burning during the procedure. You may also have some redness and/or swelling in the treatment area. If you experience pain in the area, you can use over-the-counter pain relievers and ice packs to make yourself more comfortable. Within a few days, you may notice that the area appears to be bruised. This discoloration will fade over time.

Should You Have Transdermal Laser Treatment?

If you have evidence of spider veins in your legs and/or face, you may benefit from transdermal laser treatment. However, you shouldn’t schedule the procedure until you have spoken with a trained vein doctor who can evaluate your physical condition and help you decide on the best course of action. If your veins are too large for transdermal laser treatment, for example, your doctor may recommend another treatment option, such as endovenous laser treatment or ambulatory phlebectomy.

Don’t let unsightly spider veins keep you from living life to the fullest. Contact Metro Vein Centers today to make an appointment with an experienced vein treatment specialist.