Laser Treatment of Spider Veins

Updated on: August 18, 2014
Spider veins are small, thin veins that lie close to the surface of the skin. Although these minute veins are linked to your larger venous system, they are not a necessary part of it. Laser treatment of spider veins is an option to help you rid yourself of these unsightly creatures.

Spider veins have one of three basic designs:

1. A true spider shape with a group of veins radiating outward from a dark central point.

2. A pattern that looks like tiny branch-like shapes.

3. They may appear linear - thin separate lines or like sunburst or cartwheel. Linear spider veins are most often found on the inner knee and the outer thigh for a sunburst or cartwheel distribution.

Endovenus Laser Treatment

With the advanced technology of lasers, treatment of spider veins and deeper, reticular veins can be done relatively easily right in the cosmetic surgeon's office. Lasers are extremely safe and effective on leg veins, as well as veins visible on the face, neck, and chest. The treatments cause very few side effects and you can resume your regular activities immediately following the procedure.

The number of treatments will be determined during your consultation and depends on the size of the vein and your body's ability to heal. Treatment time lasts from 15 to 30 minutes. During the procedure, the laser's heat damages the vein walls and causes the body to induce a healing process. Once healed, the veins shrink and become less visible or in optimal results, disappear altogether.

Generally there are no side effects, but swelling and minor bruising can occur. Due to only mild pain associated with the treatment, normal activities may be resumed immediately. It is also advised to limit sun exposure to minimize the risk of complications. is a leading resource for laser treatment of spider vein information. Search for a vein clinic near you today!

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