Laser spider vein removal treatments use a highly focused beam of light to penetrate the skin and deliver heat into the spider veins, sealing them off from their blood source. The team at Amachi MedSpa can use different laser technologies to address spider veins.
Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins
Before we delve into laser spider vein removal treatments, you should first understand the key difference between spider veins and varicose veins. Spider veins are small vessels with a red, blue, or purple color that are visible through the skin on face, legs, and chest, whereas varicose veins are large, swollen, raised blood vessels that commonly affect the legs. Also, spider veins are just cosmetic issues, while varicose veins are known to cause pain, swelling, and even skin ulceration.
A Closer Look at Laser Spider Vein Removal Treatments
The most commonly used laser treatments for spider veins release a highly focused laser energy that causes the veins to collapse, forcing their blood supply to reroute to healthier veins. Laser treatments deliver heat energy deeper into the skin than other treatments in order to target the vessels beneath the dermis.
Varicose Veins Require a Different Approach
Varicose veins are larger than spider veins. And aside from being unattractive, they are also tied to pain, tenderness, swelling, and skin ulceration. Also, they appear as twisted and swollen vessels that are commonly found on the legs. Just like spider veins, certain types of varicose veins respond to laser treatments. However, it’s typically best to have these veins addressed at a vein clinic.
Laser Treatments vs. Surgery
A recent study has shown that laser treatments for problematic veins are as good as standard surgery, minus the prolonged downtime and post-op discomfort. Surgery for veins typically involves stripping the veins or pulling them out under the skin using small incisions. Oftentimes, the procedure is done under general or local anesthesia.
Laser treatments for spider veins, meanwhile, typically have a cooling system to minimize discomfort and to prevent the tip of the laser from getting too hot and causing any issues during the treatment.
To learn more about the benefits of laser spider vein removal and other similar treatments, talk to the team at Amachi MedSpa in Marietta, GA. We would be happy to answer whatever questions you may have. Contact us today to book a consultation!