- Varicose veins are the blue or purplish enlarged veins you typically see bulging out of a person’s leg, most often on the backs of the calves or on the inside of the legs. If varicose veins are severe, don’t ignore treatment, as they can rupture or form ulcers on the skin, which require immediate attention.
- Spider Veins (also known as Thread Veins) are similar to varicose veins but they're smaller. They are often red or blue and are closer to the surface of the skin than varicose veins. They usually appear on the thighs and ankles.
- Facial Veins or Facial Telangiectasia generally appears on the nose, chin or cheek area and often occur in Rosacea.
Spider veins –Although most people seek treatment for cosmetic reasons, research has shown that the majority of people with leg thread veins actually have underlying vein problems. These can either be minor or major varicose veins, very often not visible from the surface, but can be found with an ultrasound scan of the legs. These underlying varicose veins are most likely the cause of any aching, itchiness, a feeling of heaviness in the leg and night cramps. In case of underlying varicose veins, these will need to be treated, before addressing any residual spider veins.
The ND: YAG 1064nm laser treatment can be used, especially in the case of smaller spider veins where a needle would not be appropriate. ND: YAG 1064nm involves directing intense light directly at the veins. This causes the blood within them to coagulate and the blood is then diverted to veins deeper below the surface of the skin where it should be.
The appearance of the veins is greatly improved and the associated symptoms disappear as well.
How does laser vascular treatment work?
Sensitive lasers are used to target and break down the unwanted spider veins through a process called photothermolysis. This bypasses normal skin, only interacting with the abnormal veins. The laser is administered in short bursts to avoid harming the skin.
How will I feel during laser vascular treatment?
Minor discomfort may be experienced, but generally laser treatment is safe and painless.
Is laser vascular treatment the right treatment for me?
Your skin specialist will talk to you about your suitability for the laser vascular treatment. The treatment is well suited for the vast majority of patients.
What happens after laser vascular treatment?
You may need 4 or 5 treatments depending on personal factors. The time interval between sessions is 6-8 weeks. You might also notice some swelling or slight bruising but this is temporary and soon fades to reveal your newly clear skin.