Laser Vein Treatment
What is Laser Vein Treatment?
There is a good news for patients interested in removing embarrassing, unsightly leg and facial veins without painful injections or incisions. Aesthetic lasers, such as our Candela Gentle Yag laser, deliver pulsed light and provide a very effective and safe long-term result treatment.
How does it work?
Laser light can destroy the vein without damaging your skin. Small vascular spiders may disappear immediately after treatment but some may require several sessions.
Laser technology collapses the veins without doing any damage to the outer layers of the skin. The light pulses are absorbed by hemoglobin (the substance that gives blood the reddish, purple color) and converted into heat. This heat causes the walls of the vein to collapse which, in turn, stops the blood flow.
Once this happens, the vein is slowly absorbed into the body, disappearing from sight.
How much will the treatment cost?
Laser vein removal treatments usually start at about $150 and tend to go up from there. Treatments can last anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes and are usually spaced about 6 weeks apart depending on the severity of the vein disorder. Most insurance companies do not offer reimbursement for cosmetic procedures.
Does it hurt?
Some patients may feel a slight discomfort with the laser pulse, sometimes described as the snapping of a rubber band on the skin.
This discomfort resolves in several seconds and is minimized by Candela’s DCD™ cooling.
Are there any side effects?
Laser vein removal results in rapid healing with minimal side effects. Some patients occasionally blister, experience temporary skin discoloration, bruising and/or reddening of the skin.
These conditions usually subside within a few days. Permanent side effects, such as hyperpigmentation or hypopigmentation or scarring are rare.
What should I do after the treatment?
Patients should avoid sun exposure before and after treatment, by applying sunblock (SPF 30 or above) prior to going outdoors.
For the first 48 hours, patients should avoid any strenuous activity and avoid any anti-inflammatory or aspirin related medications.
Long-term success varies from patient to patient and vessel to vessel. Many facial vessels require only one or two treatments. Multiple treatments are usually required for optimum results of vessels in the legs.