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Summary:

  • Effective for superficial spider veins only
  • Easy, fast, and usually pain-free
  • Immediate recovery
  • Mainly used for facial veins
  • No surgery

How does Laser Therapy work and what exactly are Spider Veins?

Laser Therapy for Spider Veins (sometimes called Cutaneous Laser Therapy) is a fast, easy and effective treatment for superficial spider veins on the face, but can be used on the legs as well. The advanced technology limits recovery time, side effects, and general discomfort.  It is estimated that more than 75% of females over the age of 18 have spider veins. Clearly, you are not alone with this issue.

Spider veins are a problem that bothers millions of people around the globe. The name comes simply from their resemblance to a star with multiple small veins radiating from a center, sort of like when a spider is weaving its web. Red, blue or purple in color, these thread-like lines mainly appear on the legs, but they can also affect your face. Typically, they are caused by abnormal blood flow and weakening of the blood vessel.

During a Laser Therapy, a focused beam of light is used and targeted to the pigment in the blood. The small, superficial veins are heated up and destroyed. Within 4-6 weeks, the spider vein is reabsorbed by the body and completely disappears. The greatest upside is that the laser doesn’t damage the nearby skin tissue, so you’ll be able to wear shorts and get rid of all that make-up on your face in a small amount of time.

Is Laser Therapy for Spider Veins painful and what’s the recovery time?

Two questions patients typically ask are:

Is it going to hurt?

Usually, No. Laser treatments in general might give you the sensation of slight tingling, but that’s about it. The latest laser technology has a cooling system, which means that the tip of the laser never even gets hot. The procedure is done on an outpatient basis, and doesn’t require any anesthesia (unless you suffer from some serious pain phobia).  The whole thing takes about 10-20 minutes, depending on how many spider veins are being treated.

Can I go to work the day after?

The majority of noninvasive procedures have little to no downtime, and Laser Therapy for Spider Veins is no exception to the rule. Not only do you not have to wait till the next day, you might be able to go back to work right away. As a matter of fact, you can do this over your lunch break as the procedure only takes a few minutes. The only thing that is not recommended after laser treatment is sun exposure. This is mainly because the skin itself can get red and irritated and sun exposure would only make it worse. Your physician can also recommend wearing a compression stocking.

What are the advantages of Laser Therapy over other procedures?

Since your eyes will be shielded during the laser procedure, there are few risks associated with it. It has fewer side-effects than other therapies, it’s short to do and short to recover from. People usually experience barely any pain and little to no downtime. The greatest advantage, however, emerges when treatment is necessary for spider veins on your face. As opposed to treating legs, where you still have some other options, your face is too delicate for any invasive procedure.

That said, this treatment is only useful for spider veins on the surface of the skin, and doesn’t address the underlying issues.  In many cases combination treatments of sclerotherapy and ELT are required to treat the full problem.

How do I find the best specialist for this?

If you want to enjoy all the advantages of Laser Therapy described above, make sure that you find a specialized clinic for this procedure, with lots of experience and latest laser technology. Don’t hesitate to schedule several appointments to ensure the best results. Remember, it’s better to be safe than sorry with any procedure performed on your body.

You can just call and schedule an appointment to get any specific answers. All these offices are state-of-the-art and the staff is very friendly to their patients. 

Is one Laser Therapy session enough and when do I see the results?

This really depends on how many spider veins are being treated and how big they are. For some, one session will be enough. If the area on your skin is larger, you might need two or more sessions, but usually a maximum of six. Discuss your specific situation with a specialist to find a more accurate answer.

Most of the superficial spider veins will disappear within two weeks. Even though the results are not immediate, eventually the treated areas are clear of any previous spider veins.

Cost and Insurance

The cost of Laser Therapy for Spider Veins varies, depending on how large the treated area is. Unfortunately, most medical insurance and Medicare will not cover this procedure as it is still considered more of an aesthetic concern. All specialist groups mentioned above that perform Laser Therapy for Spider Veins are extremely skilled at dealing with insurance companies and they will be of great assistance. Even if you do have to pay for the procedure yourself, it is definitely worth the cost.

Next Steps:

  • Schedule a free consultation to learn more about your situation
  • See before and after photos from people who’ve had Laser Therapy for Spider Veins: Before and After Gallery
  • Learn more about Sclerotherapy and ELT for comprehensive treatment