At Aesthetic Arts Institute, Dr. Susan Kaweski provides patients with advanced care options for reducing the appearance of varicose and spider veins, including laser vein removal. Learn answers to frequently asked questions about veins and treatment options, and then schedule an appointment to get clearer, smoother skin.
Should I Consider Treatment?
Having an aesthetic procedure of any sort is a highly personal decision. Patients come to Dr. Kaweski because:
- Patients are embarrassed at the appearance of prominent veins.
- They feel self-conscious about wearing shorts, swimsuits, dresses, or other clothes that show off their legs.
- Veins have begun spreading or appearing in areas that are harder to cover up.
Whether the above describes your concerns or you are exploring an aesthetic procedure for other reasons, Dr. Kaweski welcomes you to visit our practice for an initial consultation. During your appointment, she can recommend whether you are a good candidate for treatment and whether laser vein removal or another approach is right for you.
Do I Have Varicose Veins or Spider Veins?
Varicose veins are veins that have become engorged and twisted. They may also be raised above the surface of your skin. Spider veins are networks of blue and red lines that form close to the surface of your skin but are not necessarily raised.
Dr. Kaweski can help you identify specific concerns and offer treatment options appropriate to each.
Can Laser Vein Removal Improve Varicose and Spider Veins?
The answer is “yes” in many cases. Laser vein removal works on both varicose and spider veins, particularly those that are smaller in size.
Dr. Kaweski typically recommends laser vein removal for San Diego and La Mesa patients when the veins are less than 1 millimeter in width. Sclerotherapy, an alternative treatment, tends to be more effective with larger veins.
How Does Laser Vein Removal Work?
Blood flow through the veins can make them more prominent and unaesthetic. Laser vein treatment applies laser energy to damage the walls of the unwanted veins, sealing them shut.
Once the targeted veins are closed to blood flow, your body eventually re-routes this flow to other nearby veins. The treated veins dissolve over time, leaving your skin clearer.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
Dr. Kaweski provides laser vein removal for San Diego patients at our facility in La Mesa. The process doesn’t require needles or incisions. However, a numbing cream is placed over the areas to provide relief.
As part of treatment, Dr. Kaweski will maneuver the laser hand-piece along the targeted veins. Bright pulses of light will flash as the laser conducts energy. The length of your procedure will depend on the number and size of areas you’d like to treat. She may recommend multiple treatments for patients with more severe concerns.
What Is Recovery Like?
Laser vein removal is an outpatient procedure that requires no significant downtime. After treatment, you may notice some redness, bruising, itching, or swelling, but these effects should be temporary, and the veins should fade over the months that follow.
If you are ready for clearer, smoother, and more aesthetically appealing features, talk with Dr. Kaweski about laser vein removal. Contact our San Diego and La Mesa offices online or by phone at (619) 464-9876.