HealthEast Vascular Center now offers laser vein therapy, a new treatment for small facial veins, spider veins and blue leg veins.
How laser vein therapy works
Laser vein therapy uses a laser to reduce the appearance of spider veins. It is quick, safe and effective - and doesn't require injections. It is generally performed on the legs and face, but can be performed on all parts of the body.
Laser vein therapy delivers pulses of light energy to spider veins, causing blood within the vein to gel. The vein is destroyed and, in time, it is is reabsorbed by the body.
The number of treatments necessary depends on the number, color and size of the veins being treated. Most patients require at least 2 to 3 treatments.
Who should not have laser vein therapy?
Do not have laser vein therapy if you:
- Are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Have tattoos
- Are on blood thinners
- Have an active cold sore
What treatment feels like
Treatment is given by a nurse certified and specially trained in laser therapy. First, you will be given protective eyewear to wear during the laser treatment. You will feel a cold sensation over the area to be treated. When the laser shines on the skin, you will experience a stinging sensation.
What to expect after laser vein therapy
After treatment, some patients experience minor discomfort, redness and slight bruising. To help reduce swelling and redness, apply cold packs as needed for five to ten minutes every one to two hours after treatment. Acetaminophen may be used for discomfort, if necessary.
The area might be raised after treatment. This will resolve over time.
After treatment it is important to:
- Wear SPF 30 or greater on all treated areas that are exposed to the sun
- Do not exercise heavily for 2 to 3 days after treatment
- Wear compression socks/dressing for 2 to 3 days following treatment
- NOT soak in a warm bath, sauna or hot tub for the 2 to 3 days following treatment
When will I see an improvement in my spider veins?
The majority of veins treated with laser therapy show improvement within two to six weeks of treatment. However, your final results may not be apparent for several months. Over time it is possible for new veins to appear. These new veins can be treated as needed.
How long should I wait between treatments?
You must wait at least 3 to 4 weeks between treatments. We recommend at least 2 treatments for optimal results.
If you have questions about laser vein therapy, or would like to schedule an appointment, call the HealthEast Vascular Center at 651-232-2550.