medically proven removal of spider veins
Spider veins are red or purple thread veins that can occur on the face, neck, chest, thighs and legs. These blood vessels are just beneath the surface of the skin and can be unsightly. Heredity may play a role in the cause of spider veins, but environmental factors, such as sun exposure, and certain diseases, such as rosacea, cause these veins to develop.
Are these veins necessary?
No. These vessels are extra veins that have developed and are not necessary for healthy circulation. Once the veins have disappeared, the blood returns to the normal vascular system.
What is a port wine stain?
This red to purple birthmark is a collection of veins that may develop on the face, body or extremities. Laser treatments will help fade it, but multiple treatments are necessary over 1 to 2 years.
How are spider veins treated?
Laser or intense pulsed light sources can remove these blood vessels. Depending on the size, location and depth of your veins, Dr. Gidon will chose the appropriate laser for your treatment to ensure the best possible result.
How does the laser remove veins?
The blood cells inside the vessel absorb the laser energy. The heat coagulates the blood and the vein collapses and is eventually absorbed. The normal surrounding skin is not injured.
Is it painful?
You will experience a mild sting, similar to the snap of an elastic band.
How will I look after the treatment?
Depending on the veins being treated and their location, there may be no recovery time. Treatment of larger veins can result in a bruise that may last several days. Avoidance of anti-inflammatory medication, green tea and vitamin E two weeks before treatment can decrease the chance of bruising. Rarely, a blister or crusting may occur.
How many treatments are necessary?
Typically, 1 to 3 treatments are needed to fade spider veins. Facial treatments are 3 to 4 weeks apart and leg treatments are about 6 weeks apart. Some areas, such as around the nose and on the legs, may require additional treatments.
Will the veins recur?
Veins around the nose and on the legs do tend to recur and new veins usually develop with time. These areas can be retreated when necessary.
Can removal of my facial veins be combined with any other treatment?
Yes. Photorejuvenation with intense pulsed light can remove spider veins and brown discolouration, and improve the texture and tone of your skin. Dr. Gidon can assess your skin and determine whether you would benefit from this procedure.
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