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Spider veins, the fine, web-like veins visible just beneath the surface of the skin, have been a concern for many individuals. While they are primarily a cosmetic issue, their presence can lead to self-consciousness and a desire for clearer skin. Enter the modern solution: laser spider vein treatment. Our vein clinic offers this advanced, non-invasive treatment, to help our patients achieve their goals with minimal discomfort and downtime.

Understanding Spider Veins

Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are tiny blood vessels that become visible due to weakened valves or capillary walls. They commonly appear on the face and legs, manifesting as red, purple, or blue networks. While they don’t usually cause pain or health complications, their visibility can be a cosmetic concern for many.

The Magic of Laser Treatment

Laser spider vein treatment is a non-surgical procedure that employs targeted laser energy to treat visible veins. Here’s how it works:

  • Targeted Energy: The laser emits a specific wavelength of light targeted towards the spider veins. The hemoglobin within the veins absorbs this light, causing the blood to coagulate.
  • Natural Healing: Post-treatment, the body naturally reabsorbs the treated blood vessels, causing them to fade or disappear.
  • Minimal Discomfort: The procedure causes little to no discomfort, with patients often likening the sensation to a rubber band’s snap against the skin.


Benefits of Laser Spider Vein Treatment

  • Non-Invasive: There are no injections or incisions involved, making the process minimally invasive.
  • Quick Procedure: Typically, the treatment is swift, often completed within 15-30 minutes, depending on the area’s size.
  • No Downtime: Patients can resume daily activities immediately after the treatment.
  • Effective Results: Most patients notice a significant reduction in the appearance of spider veins after a few sessions.


What to Expect During and After the Procedure

  • During: The area is cleansed, and protective eyewear is provided to shield against laser light. The laser device is then moved over the affected area, delivering pulses of light energy.
  • After: Mild redness or swelling might appear, but these symptoms are temporary. It’s advised to avoid direct sun exposure and wear sunscreen to protect the treated area.

Who is an Ideal Candidate?

While laser treatment for spider veins is generally safe for most individuals, it’s best suited for:

  • Those who have spider veins but no other significant venous issues.
  • Individuals with light to medium skin tones, as the laser can more easily target the contrast between the vein and the skin.
  • Patients seeking a non-surgical, quick solution with minimal downtime.

Spider veins aren’t a big health issue, but many don’t like how they look. Thankfully, there’s a laser treatment that can help without needing surgery or taking too much time off. If spider veins bother you, consider visiting our vein clinic to improve your skin’s appearance.

Further Reading:

American Academy of Dermatology: https://www.aad.org/public/cosmetic/younger-looking/how-dermatologists-treat-leg-veins#:~:text=Laser%20treatments%3A%20Dermatologists%20use%20lasers,may%20disappear%20immediately%20after%20treatment.

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: https://www.asds.net/skin-experts/skin-treatments/laser-light-therapy/laser-therapy-for-spider-veins

Laser Spider Vein Treatment

Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers

Spider veins look like thin, tangled webs of discoloration just beneath the surface of the skin. Treatment by Farhad Aduli, MD, FACC, an interventional cardiologist at Louisiana Heart & Vascular Institute Vein Care Centers in Covington, Louisiana, can erase these tangled, visible blood vessels to help you get cosmetic and physical relief. Call today for a consultation.

Laser Spider Veins Treatment Q&A

How Does Laser Vein Treatment Work?

A laser is used to deliver pulses of light energy into your vein vessels, which causes the blood within the vein to coagulate, eventually breaking up the vessel and allowing it to be reabsorbed back into your body. This allows blood flow to be redirected to deeper veins below the skins surface. Although no compression stockings are needed after laser treatment, there is slight period of healing time where you will need to protect your veins from sun, heat and high impact exercise.

How Many Treatments Will I Need?

For laser vein removal, we recommend a series of 3-6 treatments for most patients, although small vascular lesions such as cherry angioma’s usually disappear after just one treatment. Your results can be apparent as soon as 2 weeks up to 6 weeks after treatment.

Are There Any Side Effects With Laser Spider Vein Treatment?

Bruising is the most common side effect with vein treatments. Bruising can be minimized and prevented by discontinuing blood thinners such as aspirin or ibuprofen, fish oil, vitamin E, and St. John’s wort for a few days prior to treatment.