Laser Spider Vein Removal

Spider veins are bothersome at best, unattractive at worst. Fortunately, laser treatment is a quick and effective method of vein removal.

What are spider veins?

Spider veins (also called telangiectasia or venulectasias) are enlarged veins near the skin surface that appear purple, red, or blue. They are commonly found on the legs, though they can also appear on the face and other parts of the body. They can be a result of sun exposure, use of oral contraception, hormone therapy, the aging process or hereditary factors.

How does laser vein removal treatment work?

During a laser vein removal treatment a concentrated beam of light energy from the laser is directed precisely at the small blood vessels. The light penetrates below the surface of the skin and the heat causes the blood within the tiny vessels to coagulate. The walls of the vein collapse, blood flow is stopped and over the next two to eight weeks the vein is absorbed into the body and disappears. Blood flow will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface where it should be.

How many treatments are required?

Typically only two or three treatments are required and the results can be seen in 3–4 weeks. Treatment time usually varies between 10 and 20 minutes, depending on the size of the area.

Laser spider vein treatments have become very popular because they are non-invasive and there is little to no recovery time. See for yourself how effective this treatment can be!

Before spider vein removalAfter spider vein removal


  • Avoid any irritants to your skin such as any products containing retin-a retinol, benzolyl peroxide, glycol/ salicylic acids, or astringents for one week after your laser spider vein treatment.
  • Cold compress (not ice) and aloe vera type products may be useful. You may take over-the-counter pain or anti-inflammatory medication if necessary.
  • Your skin will be fragile for 2-3 days. Use gentle cleansers, do not rub the skin and avoid very hot water during this time. Skin moisturisers may be used immediately and make up can be applied if the skin is not broken.
  • Avoid the sun and use sun block (SPF 50+) for the next 4 weeks. Do not use any other chemicals or medications on the treated area for one week.
  • The treatment area should be left open and uncovered. No stockings or bandages are needed. Do not scrub or exfoliate the treatment area.
  • Note: Even after the majority of veins have been treated, new spider veins can develop. Make an appointment for evaluation in 6 weeks.
These post care instructions are intended to be a thorough guide following treatment, which include but may not be limited to the above. If you have any questions following your treatment, please contact the clinic for assistance.

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