Many people suffer from unsightly leg veins which are known as spider veins. Spider veins are small clusters of red, purple, or blue lines that are clearly visible on the skin’s surface. They look like thin lines and are sometimes connected together like spider webs or tree branches. Spider veins are most often seen on the thighs, feet, and ankles but they can appear on the face as well. Laser technology today allows us to treat these veins to make them diminish considerably and even disappear.
The exact cause of spider veins is unknown. They affect both men and women, but are more common in women, suggesting that female hormones, especially post-menopausal hormone replacement, may play a part in their formation. Spider veins run in families, which points to a potential genetic cause as well. Injury and exposure to the sun are also implicated in spider vein formation.
One of the best treatment options to get rid of spider veins, lasers use heat energy to collapse the small blood vessels beneath the surface of the skin. Results are often seen after the first treatment; however, additional treatments may be required to get rid of spider veins completely. At Royal West Medical Spa, we use the latest laser technology to get rid of spider veins in just a few easy treatments.
How it works
Broken capillaries and other visible vascular structures will be eased from the upper layers of your skin surface. Unwanted vessels will be preferentially heated by the laser energy and become less noticeable. Our professionals will also restore your skin tone and color.
Your skin will be pink temporarily but it will resolve over time. Any vessels denatured by the laser will be reabsorbed by your body over a period of time in a natural cleansing process. Most small capillaries will become invisible almost immediately, since they will no longer contain blood.
It is important to follow the physician’s post-treatment instructions. You may be given some skin care products and instructions on how to use them. Your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light, and you must avoid direct sun exposure. You need to fully cover your skin or use a good sunscreen whenever you go outdoors.