Spider veins are annoying. The little red, purple, and blue threadlike veins that are so close to the skin surface that they are easily visible can develop anywhere on the body, but usually show themselves on the legs and face.
One of the banes of aging, the appearance of spider veins can make a person avoid donning a swimsuit or sun dress. That’s no way to go through an Atlanta summer! That’s why winter is a great time to come to Beaty Facial Plastic Surgery and let us remove your spider veins with laser energy.
What causes spider veins?
The exact cause of spider veins isn’t known, but there are a number of suspected culprits. Sun damage, pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, and occupations where the person has long periods of standing or sitting are all thought to play a part. Genetics also seem to have an effect.
While not physically dangerous in any way, these little squiggly red and blue lines are anything but pretty. They are most prominent on the thighs and calves, and on areas of the face.
Putting lasers to work
At Beaty, we set our laser wavelengths to target the hemoglobin in the unwanted vein in a process known as photocoagulation. The laser light energy is selectively absorbed by the hemoglobin, but the real target is the blood vessel wall, which absorbs the heat that occurs from thermal transfer out of the hemoglobin. When this heat hits the vessel wall, it causes the wall to collapse, closing off the vein. Over time, the body absorbs the unused vein and it fades away.
How long does it take to get rid of the veins?
Some veins disappear in just a single treatment, while others may need 3-4 sessions to be removed fully. These treatments are spaced from 4-6 weeks apart. Treatments last only 15 to 30 minutes.
Our laser vein removal has advantages over the sclerotherapy offered by other doctors. Laser vein treatments aren’t limited to certain body areas and they are painless. Sclerotherapy can’t be used on facial spider veins.