Vascular Lesions Spider Veins
Veins have one-way valves that keep blood flowing in the proper direction. If these valves stop functioning correctly, blood can flow backwards and pool, stretching the vein and resulting in a vascular lesion.
Blood vessels fall into two groups: spider veins (telangiectasias) and varicose veins. Spider veins are visible on the surface of the skin as red, blue or purple lines. Varicose veins are larger and deeper and often look blue or bumpy under the skin.
While we will not treat varicose veins in this office, we can refer you to a vein specialist. It is always recommended to have your varicose veins treated prior to spider veins, as there is a high likelihood of them returning until the larger ones are treated.
We do effectively treat spider veins under 3mm, which are most commonly found on the legs and face. By tracing the path of each spider vein, the energy from the laser will coagulate and shrink the vessel.
Two to three sessions may be required spaced two months apart. More treatments may be necessary for facial lesions. After each treatment, you can expect a 70%-80% improvement on the face and 30-40% on the legs.
You should reasonably presume the development of new spider veins over time. Spider vein therapy will eliminate your current spider veins but cannot prevent the development of new ones.
Also see our Q & A for Vascular Lesions for answers to some common questions.