Spider veins are called telangiectasias and are also small varicose veins. Spider veins are small, thin, and threadlike veins close to the skin’s surface and are often red or purple. These elucidated vessels may be short, unconnected lines or connected in a sunburst pattern. They may also appear like tree branches or like a spider web.

Spider veins are generally on the legs and face but could be anywhere on the body. Spider veins are not considered a health hazard, but patients could feel stinging, burning, or dull aching after standing for a long time.

Common causes of spider veins may include pregnancy, genetic predisposition, oral contraception, weight gain, as well as hormonal changes.

Laser technology offers a very effective means of treating spider veins. When a laser is applied to the skin, these blood cells become very hot and create a clotting effect, which collapses or closes the vein, while sparing the surrounding skin. The body will then slowly remove the collapsed veins during the natural healing process, and thus reduce the appearance of the spider veins.

Each individual patient is different, depending upon the number and severity of the veins. Generally, patients should expect between 1 and 3 laser treatments, about 6-8 weeks apart. The treatment improves the overall appearance of the blood vessels, shrinking, diminishing, or removing them completely. Laser treatment for veins should not be considered a cure. New developing veins cannot be prevented.

Soon after the procedure, you may feel a slight bump on the skin, which will disappear in the next 2-4 hours. The area may also appear slightly redder and occasionally may swell or bruise. Infrequently pigment changes occur (darkening of the skin), and will disappear and return to normal over time. After laser therapy, it is strongly recommended to stay out of direct sun exposure for a week or two. Wearing a support hose can facilitate results.

After treatment, there is no downtime and very little discomfort. Patients are encouraged to resume all normal activities immediately. Final results may not be apparent for several weeks. Most patients are satisfied by the results in a very short time.