Laser Vein Therapy
What are Spider Veins?
The medical term for spider veins is telangiectasias. These fine red and purple veins are approximately 1 millimeter or less in size and can occur anywhere on the body. Patients most commonly seek treatment for spider veins on the legs and chest. Spider veins are often found in combination with varicose veins. There are no health risks with spider veins but they are a common cosmetic concern. The tendency to develop spider veins is inherited but can also occur after localized trauma and can worsen with pregnancy.
How does Intense Pulsed Light Treatment work?
IPL works to treat smaller spider veins by essentially devolving the excess blood in the veins that has pooled near the surface of the skin as a result of an underlying issue of venous disease, or because of general wear and tear, sports related injuries, etc. During the actual treatment, the light is directed precisely at the desired area, emitting a controlled amount of heat through various pulses to the veins. The nature of the procedure produces no damage to the surrounding areas, and once completed the body then reabsorbs the damaged veins back into the blood stream eventually disappearing altogether. Generally, IPL feels like a slight pinching sensation, but the discomfort is minor.
What can I expect after an IPL treatment for spider and reticular veins?
After treating your spider and reticular veins with IPL, Avoid sun exposure after your IPL session. You will be able to resume normal activities immediately after your IPL treatment.
Over the 2-6 weeks following treatment of your spider and reticular veins, the treatment area will redden, fade and eventually disappear. Spider vein treatments sometimes require several IPL sessions 4-6 weeks apart to achieve the desired cosmetic result