SPIDER VEIN REMOVAL – TREATMENT FOR BROKEN CAPILLARIES
Treating vascular skin lesions such as spider veins and broken capillaries with lasers is surprisingly quick, comfortable and effective. The laser energy targets the hemoglobin in red blood cells, vaporizing the blood and instantly collapsing and destroying the unwanted vein. Over the course of a few weeks, your body simply dissolves any remaining fragments of the destroyed veins, resulting in beautiful, vein-free skin.
Easily targeted, visible spider veins and broken capillaries are usually completely eliminated with only 1-2 laser treatments, leaving your skin with no evidence that they were ever there. Occasionally, facial veins may turn slightly purple for a few days before completely disappearing. In the case of larger, more prominent spider veins, a tiny indentation may appear where the vein collapsed, though this is rare. With time, skin usually fills in this indentation with beautiful new tissue.
Some more complex and multi-layered facial vascular conditions, (such as rosacea and matted broken capillaries), are also significantly improved with one spider vein treatment. However, more complex broken capillaries and spider vein removals often require 2-4 follow-up treatments in order to dramatically reduce or completely eliminate them.
With laser treatment, leg veins often completely disappear after 2-4 sessions, but usually leave a residual “reddish shadow” that typically requires 8-12 weeks to completely resolve (disappear). In addition, a temporary “cat scratch” swelling may appear and persist for 2-3 days. In some cases, this area may become crusted and flake off. In the case of larger, blue leg veins, some bruising may occur and occasionally, after a few days, scabs may appear at the surface – much like the healing of any deeper scratch or cut. These scabs will simply crust off, revealing beautiful new vein-free skin underneath. In the case of smaller spider veins and broken capillaries, the healing is much less visible. All these conditions are normal inflammatory responses necessary for dissolving vein fragments and healing tissue surrounding the unwanted vein. Depending on the size and depth of the treated vein, as well as the responsiveness of the patient’s skin, the degree that a patient experiences these conditions varies. In all cases, experiencing these conditions is an indication of a successful spider vein removal.