With spring right around the corner, now is the time to start preparing for the inevitable “shorts weather” that is to come. If visible veins are keeping your legs from looking their best, treatments are now available to zap those veins away without discomfort or time away from your busy schedule. Check out how you can enjoy more beautiful legs with a laser vein removal treatment at Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery.

About Spider Veins

Spider veins are the visible red and blue lines that appear on the legs or sometimes on the face. These veins may be caused by the same condition that often leads to the formation of varicose veins. Chronic venous insufficiency or CVI occurs when tiny valves inside the vein stop working properly, allowing blood to pool inside the vessels. This can lead to increased pressure inside the vein and swelling that becomes visible on the skin’s surface.

Other causes for spider veins might include sun exposure, trauma to the skin or hormonal fluctuations. Facial veins may also be caused by medical conditions, including rosacea and lupus. No matter what their cause, spider veins typically pose little more than a cosmetic problem. However, the vein networks can grow quite large, making them a significant source of embarrassment especially if they are in a very visible location.

Laser Vein Removal

Laser vein removal is a non-surgical option for removing superficial spider veins from the skin. The procedure uses a handheld applicator to deliver laser energy directly to the blood vessel without puncturing the skin. The laser light coagulates the vein, sealing it closed so it can be reabsorbed by the body.

Laser vein removal is a relatively quick treatment that takes just a few minutes to complete. No anesthesia is needed and most patients find the procedure to be very tolerable. In some cases, you can actually see the vein start to disappear during treatment.

Once the procedure is over, you can immediately return to your regular activities. Skin may be slightly red in the treatment area, but this side effect typically subsides in a day or two. It is important to protect treated skin from sun exposure for a period of time to avoid discoloration or other complications.

Candidates for Treatment

The best candidates for laser vein removal are men and women with visible veins that would like to achieve clearer skin. The procedure targets the blood inside the vessels, without damaging surrounding skin or tissue. Some types of lasers are safe and effective for use on nearly any skin type and tone. However, it is best not to have laser treatments on tanned skin, since this might affect the pigmentation in the skin and cause discoloration.

Treat Now, Enjoy Later

While laser vein removal only takes a few minutes to complete, the full results of the procedure may take much longer to appear. Some patients may not see complete clearing of their veins for a number of weeks. In addition, patients may need more than one treatment session, spaced around six weeks apart, to enjoy the best results. This means you need to start your laser vein treatments now if you want completely clear skin by summer.

Dr. Kaweski at Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery is experienced in cosmetic laser treatments, including laser vein removal. She will ensure your procedure is both safe and effective. To learn more, contact Aesthetic Arts Institute of Plastic Surgery at 855-337-6988.