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


• Apply antibiotic ointment (ex: polysporin) to the area to prevent drying or crusting and to soothe the skin. If a crust develops, allow it to fall off naturally. If there is any sign of infection, please see a healthcare provider (Ex: GP, NP).

• If blistering or crusting occur, do not shave area for 1-3 days.

• Discomfort, such as swelling or redness (lasting from a few hours to a couple of days), can be relieved with acetaminophen or ice packs.

• Your skin will be fragile for 2-3 days. Use gentle cleansers, do not rub, or scrub the skin and avoid very hot water for 1 week post treatment.

• Avoid exercises that can cause vasodilatation for 1 week post treatment. Walking in encouraged.

• Avoid sun exposure, tanning beds, tanning lotions before during and after treatment. A broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) and SPF 30 or greater should be applied to the treatment area before any sun exposure.

• 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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