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Laser Treatment for Spider Veins

by Mary Stewart
Varicose Vein Treatment Columnist

One of the best options for spider vein removal is laser treatment. Lasers send bursts of energy into the vein that causes the spider veins to eventually disappear.

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins

Spider veins and varicose veins are often confused. Many people refer to having varicose veins, when in reality they suffer from spider veins. Varicose veins are thick, ropy, and engorged veins that occur most commonly in the legs. Spider veins are tiny, thin, reddish or purplish veins that can appear on the legs or the face. Unlike varicose veins, spider veins are usually painless. Spider veins are more common that varicose veins and are extremely easy to treat.

Laser Treatment for Spider Veins

Laser treatment for spider veins is non-invasive and patients can walk out of the office and return to normal activities the same day. Laser treatments for spider veins generally last less than half an hour, although you may be required to undergo a series of treatments to eliminate your spider veins. The area of affliction can make a difference in treatment time. For instance, Spider veins in the legs generally require more treatments than spider veins in the face.

Side Effects of Spider Vein Removal

Laser treatment for spider veins is virtually painless. You will feel a slight pinch or sting as the laser hits the skin, but your doctor will apply a cooling gel to the skin to soothe it. You may have slight redness or itching after the treatment, but side effects are minimal.

Choose the Best Laser Treatment for You

There are different types of laser treatments for spider veins available, using different types of lasers. You should consult with your dermatologist to determine which type of laser therapy is best for you.

About the Author

Mary Stewart is a freelance writer and educator. Her previous experience includes working in the public school system, publishing, curriculum development, museum administration and as a teacher of English as a second language. She has also worked as a full-time humanitarian aid volunteer in Portugal and as an employment specialist in the Dominican Republic.