Do you have smaller veins in your legs or face? These are known as spider veins because they look like thin spider webs. In actuality, they are a network of tiny blood vessels, which often make their appearance on the legs and face.
For the most part, spider veins are harmless. However, in some individuals, they can ache, burn, or even cause pain. The latter can occur in the legs if you’ve been had an episode of prolonged standing. Even if they don’t cause burning, aching, or pain, they can be cosmetically unappealing to some people.
The good news is that they can be effectively treated by Detroit vein doctors.
Transdermal Laser Treatment for Removing Spider Veins
During the transdermal laser treatment procedure for spider veins removal, a laser is applied directly to the skin’s surface right where the spider veins appear. It works by emitting bursts (or pulses) of light in a precise, focused fashion. This light not only causes the spider veins to contract, but also causes the blood in them to coagulate. This means that the blood thickens and clots.
This pulsed light therapy for spider veins heats the veins from the outside. This, in essence, closes the vein, which is then reabsorbed into the body.
In many cases the actual laser treatment for spider veins takes less than 30 minutes. It is performed as an outpatient procedure and no anesthesia is required. You will be fully alert while you are having your transdermal laser treatment
The procedure is non-invasive, though you may feel a mild stinging or burning sensations. Some refer to the sensation as that of a rubber band snapping against your hand. This is well-tolerated by most patients.
Recovery from Transdermal Laser Treatment for Removing Spider Veins
The recovery period for this laser treatment is quick and the side effects are minimal. While you may some slight swelling or a bit of redness where the laser was focused, it will disappear within a few days. The treated area will have a bruised-looking appearance. Again, though this discoloration will generally fade, usually in five to 10 days. Any swelling or pain can be minimized with over-the-counter pain relievers or simply an ice pack. You’ll also want to avoid sun exposure after your pulsed light therapy session.
To learn more about spider and varicose vein treatment, we invite you to contact our Detroit vein treatment center for more information or a free consultation.