How does Laser Skin Rejuvenation Help Spider Veins?

Spider veins, technically called venulectasias, are small reddish, blue, or purple veins just under the surface of your skin. Their crooked appearance, often resembling a spider’s web, gives them their nickname. You may notice them first on your face, but they can appear on the legs and ankles as well.

Why did I get spider veins?

You may ask, ‘Why did I get these spider veins?’ The answer is most likely two-part: heredity and environment. If others in your family have spider veins, you’re more likely to have them, too. If you’re pregnant, you can develop them as a result of hormonal changes. If you’ve been working in a job that requires a lot of standing, such as hairdressing, teaching, or working in a factory or warehouse, you may develop them. If you’re obese, you’re also more prone to have them.

Spider veins are also a normal part of aging for those predisposed to them. Just over 50% of women and almost 50% of men develop varicose (large, bulging veins) or spider veins as they age.

As disconcerting as it can be to have spider veins, there’s no need to fear them because they are rarely dangerous to your health. These veins, unlike varicose veins, rarely cause health problems.

Even though they’re generally harmless to your physical health, your emotional health is another matter. Having red or purple lines criss-crossing your face isn’t something you planned on--especially if you’re in an occupation in which you’re routinely in front of people, making appearance important. Even if you aren’t in occupations that put you in the public all the time, unsightly spider veins can affect your self-esteem and self-confidence, making you less likely to engage in new opportunities that involve interacting with others. There’s no need to live a life of quiet desperation. Modern technology has answers.

What’s the best treatment for spider veins?

The standard treatment for spider veins used to be sclerotherapy, in which a salt solution is injected into the spider vein; in a few weeks, the vein disappears. Today, the preferred treatment is laser therapy.

What happens during laser therapy for spider veins?

Dr. Yohe administers local anesthesia to numb the area being treated. She targets the vein and inserts a special hand-held laser into the spider vein. It’s a non-ablative laser, which means that the laser goes into the skin, but doesn’t remove any layers of skin like other skin resurfacing lasers do, so it’s virtually a pain-free experience.

The laser’s heat congeals the blood inside the vein, making the vein disintegrate. Your body washes out the leftover cells.

The special laser delivers an exact amount of energy needed to eliminate the spider veins without damaging the surrounding skin; it also has a cooling device that ensures your skin doesn’t get too hot. Because Dr. Yohe uses a local anesthetic, you won’t feel much during the treatment except for a slight tingling or even a cooling sensation.

Can anyone with spider veins receive laser skin rejuvenation treatment?

Dr. Yohe examines you and reviews your medical history. She lets you know if laser therapy is appropriate for you. Eliminating spider veins is considered a cosmetic treatment since these veins aren’t considered harmful to your health, but the peace of mind that comes from restoring your skin may be important to your psychological health.

Call or book an appointment online with Dr. Yohe at Ideal Weight Loss to determine if laser treatment for spider veins is right for you.

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