Info – Laser Vein Removal Therapy

Laser Vein Removal Therapy at About Face Cosmetic Therapy Center in Columbus Ohio can remove small veins and improve your appearance.

Spider Veins and Varicose Veins are different in appearance but similar in their causes.

With varicose veins, the valves located within the veins are diseased and do not fully close.  This prevents blood in the vein from flowing in the wrong direction (called “refluxing”).  This results in bulging veins in the legs which are often blue or purple in appearance. These varicose veins can cause pain, numbness and fatigue in the legs.  In more extreme cases, varicose veins can cause painful leg ulcers.

Spider Veins are thin red lines or web-like networks of blood vessels that appear on your legs and feet.  These Spider Veins are smaller discolored veins that have a spider web-like appearance. Spider Veins are generally not painful.  They can be treated cosmetically!

Spider veins are usually harmless, though they can sometimes cause aching, burning or pain, especially when you’ve been standing for long periods.

If you have symptoms or are concerned about the appearance of spider veins, treatment options include:

  • Sclerotherapy. In this procedure, your doctor injects the veins with a solution that scars and closes those veins, causing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. In a few weeks, treated veins fade.  Although the same vein may need to be injected more than once, sclerotherapy is usually effective if done correctly.  Sclerotherapy doesn’t require anesthesia and can be done in your doctor’s office. Side effects include swelling, itching and skin color changes in the treated area.

  • Laser Treatments. Laser treatments work by sending strong bursts of light into the vein.  This makes the vein slowly fade and disappear. No incisions or needles are used.  Laser treatment is often less effective than sclerotherapy, particularly for larger veins. Side effects may include redness, bruising, itching, swelling and permanent skin tone changes.

After treatment, Spider Veins fade over several months.  

Considerations

Pros

  • Sclerotherapy and laser therapy are safe, time-proven procedures that cause little, if any discomfort.

  • These therapies provide an overall improvement in the appearance of spider veins.

  • There is no downtime. Patients can immediately resume work and almost all normal activities.

Cons

  • Multiple treatments are usually necessary to remove the veins.

  • Patients may be asked initially to wear support stockings to help keep treated veins closed and to reduce bruising.

  • Bruising, color changes and small areas of scarring may occur where sclerotherapy or laser treatment has been performed.

These are the top three pros and cons to weigh when considering Spider Vein treatment. 

 Am I a good candidate for spider vein treatment?

The following are some common reasons why you may want to consider spider vein treatment:

  • You are embarrassed by the prominent branching veins visible on your thighs and lower legs.

  • You avoid wearing shorts or swimming apparel because you don’t want others to see your veins.

  • The branching veins on your face are unsightly and you must use makeup to camouflage them.

  • You are not pregnant and you do not have a history of blood clot formation.

If you are in good general health, have a positive attitude and realistic expectations, you are most likely a good candidate for this procedure.