We can treat unsightly veins on the legs or on the face. These blood vessels are triggered over time by a number of factors: Genetics, hormonal changes (as during pregnancy or menopause, or if you’re taking birth control pills or other hormones), excess weight, pressure and aging. A laser is targeted at the blood vessel and the heat from the laser coagulates the blood inside, causing it to collapse and seal up without damaging nearby skin, vessels, or tissue. Over several weeks, the vein will shrink and disappear. One to four sessions, spaced a few weeks apart, are typically required depending on the area and amount of veins to be treated.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does Laser Leg Vein Removal work?
The laser handpiece will deliver light energy into your skin and will be absorbed by the blood within the vein being targeted while leaving the surrounding skin unharmed. Once the blood absorbs this energy, the vein will heat up and it will affect the vessel lining, thus causing the vessel to constrict and eventually fade from view leaving your skin looking clearer. The vessels may undergo immediate graying or blanching, or they may exhibit a slight purple or red color change. The vessels will fully or partially fade in about ten to fourteen days.
What types of veins can be treated?
It is ideal for spider veins and reticular veins on your legs. Facial spider veins can also be removed.
How long does the treatment take?
Depending on the size of the area being treated, they can take just minutes. Typically, treatments are no longer than 30 minutes.
What type of result can I expect?
Many patients begin to see some immediate improvement in the appearance of their veins following the treatment with continued improvement over the next week to ten days.
How many treatments will I need?
A series of treatments may be needed to fully clear blood vessels and reduce the appearance of the leg veins completely. Typically one to four sessions are needed for desired results.
What does the procedure feel like?
Patients describe a range of sensations from tingling to the snap of a rubber band during the procedure. You may also feel warmth during and after the procedure on the area that was treated.
When can I resume my daily activities?
Typically, there is no downtime and you can return to your daily activities immediately following the procedure.