Spider Veins Gone!
Before Treatment Preparation.
Wash thoroughly. Shave the treatment area. Do not apply moisturizers, makeup, etc. containing alpha hydroxy acid. It is best to refrain from using topicals containing Benzoyl Peroxide, Hydroxy Acid, Retinol and Salicylic Acid three days prior to your treatment sessions. Use sunscreen SPF 25 or greater two weeks prior. (tanned and darker skin may result in more time between treatments.
Spider Vein / Vascular Lesion Removal
Vascular lesions also referred to as spider veins, are groups of small veins and capillaries that form directly underneath the skin. Spider veins are harmless blemishes that are a result of aging, genetics, activity level, and hormones. Often blue, purple, and red in appearance, spider veins are common cosmetic skin blemishes that many people wish to remove due to their unsightly appearance. LifeStyle Laser uses the Astanza ReSmooth to remove unwanted spider veins and deliver clear skin.
How Vascular Lesion Removal Works
At Lifestyle Laser our Astanza ReSmooth laser emits flashes of light energy onto the unwanted spider vein. The light energy specifically targets the hemoglobin found in blood while leaving the surrounding skin tissue unharmed. The blood evaporates upon contact, causing the vessel or vein to collapse and eventually disappear.
Laser treatment can be performed on all parts of the body and is most successful on spider veins that are 1 mm to 3 mm. Smaller veins will see a drastic improvement with one single treatment, whereas larger veins may require multiple laser sessions for successful results.
Patients may experience slight bruising over the weeks following treatment. As the bruise heals, your skin will reveal vein-free skin and a clearer complexion.
Spider Vein Removal Q & A
What are spider veins?
To understand spider veins, it helps to think about how the blood vessels work to transport blood to and from your heart and lungs. Veins carry deoxygenated blood back to your heart. They are one-way vessels lined with tiny valves to prevent blood from flowing backward. If those valves become damaged or weakened, blood can pool up in the vein. The vein walls swell and the veins become visible through the surface of your skin. Spider veins are small clusters of very tiny damaged veins. They often appear in a pattern similar to a spider’s web.
Spider veins aren’t a serious health issue. Your body simply routes blood through nearby healthy veins. Left untreated, however, spider veins don’t always resolve on their own.
What causes spider veins?
There are a number of factors that lead to spider veins. Some of the more common causes include:
Birth control pills
History of blood clots
Hormone replacement therapy
Occupations or hobbies that require long periods of standing
Constipation, tumors, or other things that increase pressure in the abdomen
It’s not always possible to identify the exact cause of spider veins. Women tend to develop them more often than men, and your risk level rises as you age.
What can be done to treat spider veins?
Lifestyle Laser relies on the Astanza Duality laser to treat spider veins. This platform delivers pulses of concentrated light to the treatment area. The laser is drawn to the red, blue, or purple coloring of your spider veins.
The veins absorb the laser light, leaving the surrounding tissues unaffected. The light converts into heat, damaging the vein walls. Your body responds by absorbing the coagulated blood and vein materials, lessening the appearance of spider veins.
When will I see results?
It takes time to see the results of your laser treatments. Some spider veins are eliminated with just one treatment, while others require a series of several sessions to reach optimal results. You’ll notice a difference after your initial session and you can decide if you’d like to return for additional treatments.
The process begins with a free consultation. Schedule your visit today, online or by phone.
Vascular lesion removal may create a superficial burn wound. Some patients may experience bruising or swelling. There is immediate whitening of the treated area, which usually lasts for several minutes. Many clients then develop blisters, crusts, or scabs within 8-72 hours, which may last for 1-2 weeks or more. The treated areas may be pink or pale after the scab separates. Scarring, which can be hypertrophic or even keloid, can occur but is very rare. Loss of skin pigment in the treated area can occur and is temporary except in very rare cases. Healing is usually complete within 4 weeks, although this may vary.
Note: Do not use moisturizers containing alpha hydroxy acid.
1. Keep the treated area clean and dry while it is healing. Clean the area gently with soap and water and then pat the area dry. You may apply a thin coating of antibiotic ointment up to three times a day for 3 days while the area is healing and you should keep the area covered with a sterile dressing for those 3 days.
2. Blistering is not common but is likely to occur 8 hours after your treatment. Do not be alarmed, blisters heal very well and are part of the normal healing process. Blisters indicate your body’s immune system is healing the area. It is natural for blisters to pop, and this helps the skin to heal faster in many cases. Continue to put antibiotic ointment (Neosporin) over the blisters once they have popped for at least 24 hours.
3. You may apply cool compresses as necessary for 24 hours after the laser treatment to help reduce discomfort and inflammation. You may take plain Tylenol, but avoid aspirin (it can increase the risk of bruising and/or bleeding.
4. Do not pick at the scab or allow the skin to become scraped, as this may result in infection and scarring. Shaving should be avoided in the treated area until it is completely healed.
5. Feel free to shower 2 hours after the treatment, but take care to avoid high-pressure water hitting the treated area. Baths, hot tubs, swimming pools, or any form of soaking aren’t recommended until all blistering and scabbing are completely healed, as they may increase the risk of infection.
6. Exercise is generally safe after treatment, taking into account the other aftercare instructions provided here.
7. Wear a sunblock with an SPF of 25 or higher over the area for 3 months following the treatment. Do not wear makeup or any cream or medication on or near the treated area unless recommended by our office for 48 hours.
8. Itching is very common due to the dehydrating effect of the laser treatment. Use Aquaphor, vitamin E ointment, or hydrocortisone cream to the treatment area.
9. If the area looks infected (honey-colored crusting and oozing or spreading redness), if you experience an unusual discomfort or bleeding, if any other complications develop, or if you have any questions or concerns, contact your doctor immediately and our office second.
10. Of course, if you have any extreme reaction, call 911 and go to the emergency department.