Spider veins (telangiectasias) are small, visible blood vessels near the skin’s surface. They can appear on any part of the body where there is superficial blood flow, such as on the face and legs. They are often painless and harmless; however, some individuals may want to remove them for cosmetic reasons. Due to the similarity between their appearance and spider webs, they are colloquially called spider veins.
Zap Laser Center has extensive expertise using safe and efficient lasers to treat spider veins and broken capillaries. This article will teach you what are spider veins, what causes them, and how to treat them effectively.
What Causes Them?
Even though hormones and genetic factors can produce spider veins, they are most commonly caused by unhealthy valves in the feeder veins, which cause blood to flow backward. Some of this accumulated blood can result in non-functional, dead-end veins that manifest as spider veins under the skin’s surface.
Spider veins can appear on both men and women of any age. Inevitably, many of us will experience problems related to the health of our veins. Because spider veins are typically inherited, if your grandparents and parents have or had them, you are more likely to get them too. You may be more likely to have them if you’re pregnant or have a job that demands you to stand for a long time.
How Laser Treatment Removes Spider Veins
Broken capillaries and spider veins respond well to laser therapy. Visible blood vessels are destroyed when they are exposed to light, which is absorbed by the blood. The laser beam penetrates the skin, heating the blood within the artery. As a result, the treated vessel becomes thermocoagulated. The blocked artery is then gradually absorbed by the body, revealing your smooth, healthy skin.
What to Expect During Laser Treatment for Spider Veins
The time it takes to complete this treatment varies depending on the size and location you want to treat. If the site is small, then it may be completed in a few minutes; if the spider veins are located on your legs, they will take longer to treat. Larger areas may even require breaks.
Are There Any Side Effects?
Side effects after laser treatment are rare, but they can include mild bruising and redness. Most spider veins have a blue appearance, so the results may not be immediate. It will take 10-14 days before you notice any changes in your skin’s appearance. As for pain levels, most patients say the procedure feels like a pinprick or stinging sensation when activated by the technician.
At Zap Laser Center, we supervise every procedure closely to ensure that your experience is pleasant and safe. If you’re interested in our laser treatment for spider veins, contact us today!