Laser Treatment for Veins

Many different factors can precipitate the development of spider veins – pregnancy, genetics, aging, obesity, & sun damage. Spider veins, also known as telangiectasias, are tiny purple, red, or blue blood vessels that usually appear on the face and legs. Unlike spider veins, varicose veins can be raised, possess blue coloring, and are on average larger than ¼ inch in diameter.

During an IPL treatment, various different pulsed light wavelengths are emitted and then absorbed by pigmented red blood cells in the targeted blood vessel. After the light wavelengths are absorbed, they are then transformed into heat energy. This heat energy causes thermocoagulation to occur and in turn damages the walls of the blood vessel. Over multiple sessions, the blood vessels begin to collapse and slowly become less visible to the naked eye as they are absorbed by the body over time.

Most patients notice an improvement after about 4 to 6 sessions that are each spaced out 8 to 10 weeks apart. Some patients will notice a visible improvement after only 2 treatments.

The targeted spider veins should not return; however, it is possible for new spider veins to arise over time.

  • Darker skin tones
  • Pregnant or Breastfeeding
  • Cancer, Radiation, and Chemotherapy Patients
  • Active Skin Infection or HSV 1 & 2 Outbreak
  • History of Keloid Scarring, Thyroid Concerns, Seizure Disorders
  • Active Tanning Bed Usage
  • Children under 16 years old
  • Taking medications for coagulation disorders or those causing photosensitivity

Risks of Procedure

Pain and Redness during the laser treatment and for a few days following the procedure

Bleeding and bruising are a possibility. It is important to discontinue blood thinners as directed by a physician

Blistering on the skin near the targeted spider veins

Hyperpigmentation or Hypopigmentation side effects are always a possibility with laser procedures

Disappointment is a common complication of all forms of cosmetic procedures. It is impossible to correct every visible imperfection or asymmetry. It is important that you have realistic expectations going into the procedure. Do not hesitate to talk with your provider about your beauty goals and any questions or concerns before your scheduled appointment date.

Further Touch Ups may be needed in the future

Before Your Treatment

Acquire compression stockings to wear during the initial recovery period

Avoid exposure to the sun and tanning beds for 1 month prior to treatment

Avoid using exfoliating or retinol-type products 1 week prior to your treatment

Avoid using any agent that may induce bleeding or bruising beginning 1 week prior to treatment  (unless medically necessary)

  • Vitamin E
  • Fish oil
  • Ginkgo Biloba
  • Garlic Supplements
  • Cholesterol Medications
  • Alka-Seltzer products

Day of Treatment

Getting Ready Tips – Wash and shave treatment area thoroughly before arriving to your appointment; do not apply any makeup or lotion products

Arrive 30 minutes before your scheduled appointment time for the application of numbing cream

Payment will be requested upon arrival

Pictures will be taken for documentation purposes

Procedure will take approximately 20 to 60 minutes, depending on the surface area

During the procedure, your skin will feel a hot, snapping sensation followed by the cooling handpiece

You will book a follow up appointment that will take place around 8 to 10 weeks from treatment date

After Your Treatment

Things to Remember:

Sun protection is key. Minimize all sun exposure during the healing process to prevent scarring

  • Use Approved SPF daily (see attached sheet)
  • Apply Sunblock 30 minutes before going outside & reapply every 60 minutes

Wash the treatment area a twice a day with cleanser and lukewarm or cold water

Do not apply makeup while skin is sensitive

Avoid the following for the first 72 hrs. after treatment – hot water, pools (chemicals + chlorine), excessive perspiration, & strenuous exercise

Acetaminophen or Ibuprofen for discomfort

Please keep all follow-up appointments and do not hesitate to call our office if you have any questions or concerns

Recovery Timeline

Week 1

  • Expect the following – redness, swelling, sunburn sensation, and possible bruising
  • Sleep with head or legs slightly elevated (reduces swelling)
  • Wear compression stockings to prevent additional bruising
  • Do not exercise until 72 hrs. after the treatment
  • Apply a clean ice pack if treatment area feels warm