Thread or spider veins are commonly very thin veins near the surface of the skin that are normally red, blue or purplish in colour. These veins can appear anywhere on the body, most commonly the face, thighs and calves.
How does laser vein therapy work?
Laser vein therapy works by targeting the treatment area with a focused beam of heat energy, this heat causes the vein to coagulate and seal. The vessel is then broken down and is able to be reabsorbed by the body over the next 4-6 weeks.
How do I prepare for treatment?
The main thing to take into consideration before treatment is to avoid sun exposure, as we cannot treat tanned skinned as it could effect the pigmentation of the skin. On the day of your treatment the area needs to be clean and free from moisturisers or make-up. It is best to wear clothing that is comfortable and makes for easy access to the treatment area.
How many treatments will I need and what will the cost be?
This is something that varies from individual to individual. The first step is to come in for a consultation, and it is within this meeting with a practitioner that these variants can be defined.
You will need to allow four to six weeks between treatments, so it is important to bear this in mind, it is not something that will be complete in one session on one day.
Is treatment painful?
Clients do report a level of mild discomfort, although we do our best to counteract this with anaesthetic cream and the laser handpiece itself issues a cooling pulse to counteract the heat.
Does laser treatment get rid of the veins forever?
Technically the veins that have been collapsed using laser treatment cannot rebuild and reappear, however, spider veins can reoccur in the same place meaning more treatments could be needed in the future.
What should I expect after laser therapy?
After the procedure, the area treated might be a little tender and appear raised and reddened although this should fade a few hours after treatment.
Can I go back to work after laser therapy?
There is no downtime from laser treatment, so normal activities can be resumed immediately. However the area needs to heal so it is strongly recommended that you avoid the sun and very hot baths or showers in the weeks following your treatment.
How long does it take to see the results?
After the laser therapy, the veins normally change colour from a dark blue or purple to a lighter red colour, after which they often fade in two to six weeks. Please note this might take more than one treatment to achieve.
If you would like to know more about our laser treatments for spider veins then please get in touch here or by calling us on 01225 700072.