Get Rid of Spider Veins

Getting Rid of Spider Veins Through Laser Surgery

New technology in laser treatments can effectively get rid of spider veins in the legs. Laser surgery sends strong bursts of light onto the vein. This can make the vein slowly fade and disappear.
 
Lasers are very direct and accurate, so the proper laser controlled by a skilled doctor will usually only damage the area being treated. Most skin types and colors can be safely treated with lasers to get rid of spider veins.
 
Laser surgery is more appealing to some patients because it does not use needles or incisions. Still, when the laser hits the skin, the patient feels a heat sensation that can be quite painful. Cooling helps reduce the pain. Laser treatments last for 15 to 20 minutes.
 
Depending on the severity of the veins, two to five treatments are generally needed to get rid of spider veins in the legs. Patients can return to normal activity right after treatment, just as with sclerotherapy. For spider veins larger than 3 mm, laser therapy is not very practical.
 
Possible side effects of laser surgery include:
 
  • Redness or swelling of the skin right after the treatment that disappears within a few days
  • Discolored skin that will disappear within one to two months.
     
In rare cases, burns and scars result from poorly performed laser surgery.
 

If I Get Rid of Spider Veins, Will They Return?

Current treatments for spider veins have very high success rates. Over a period of years, however, more abnormal veins can develop. The major reason for this is that there is no cure for weak vein valves. Over time, pressure gradually builds up in the leg veins.
 
Ultrasound can be used to keep track of how badly the valves are leaking (a condition called venous insufficiency). Ongoing treatment can help keep this problem under control.
 

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