Laser Vein Treatment
Target Spider Veins, Port Wine Stains, and More in Madison, WI
Swollen, twisted, and enlarged veins with a purple or bluish color sometimes form on the legs and feet. These are known as varicose veins and are caused by weakening of the valves and walls of the veins, resulting in the blood flowing backward. Spider veins are similar, but are smaller and closer to the skin’s surface. On the face, these visible vessels are often linked to sun damage or an underlying condition such as rosacea. Laser treatments are the most effective way of removing dilated or broken vessels. At Radiance Skin Therapy, we offer laser vein treatment for Madison-area women and men with our 1064 YAG laser, ideal for reducing spider veins.
What is Laser Vein Treatment?
Each laser vein treatment involves a highly focused beam of light focused on the target area. The light energy damages visible veins by heating up pigmented cells in the blood, triggering the formation of scar tissue. Eventually, this scar tissue closes off the vein, which withers away after being cut off from the rest of the circulatory system. This does not impede circulation, as blood is simply routed through other, less-visible vessels to get where it needs to go.
Laser vein treatment is beneficial for several vascular skin problems, which are skin conditions that affect the blood vessels. These include superficial spider veins (known as blue or red telangiectasias), cherry angiomas, and redness due to rosacea. It can also treat capillary formation around the nose and small spider veins on the legs that may be resistant to sclerotherapy.
Patients often try laser vein treatment if IPL hasn’t been effective, as the laser has a wavelength of 1064 nm, enabling it to penetrate deeper layers of skin tissue. With any laser treatment, patients may experience some irritation and tenderness during the process, but the sessions are typically well tolerated, and we work to make them as comfortable as possible.
Who is an Ideal Candidate for Laser Vein Treatment?
Patients who are bothered by the cosmetic appearance or discomfort caused by abnormal veins may be good candidates, as long as they follow aftercare instructions and maintain realistic expectations. If other methods such as weight loss, exercise, and compression stockings haven’t been helpful, it may be time to consider laser vein treatment on the legs. Ideal candidates are non-smokers, are in good health, and don’t have the tendency to form keloid scars. Patients who want to remove severe varicose veins may need to have a surgical procedure.
Results and Recovery After Laser Vein Treatment
Once treated with the 1064 YAG laser, vascularity on the face and body can show a reduction or a total removal. Veins may fade away completely within a year or two after laser vein treatments.
Patients can return to their normal activities shortly after each laser vein treatment, though they may experience mild bruising that goes away within a week or two. There may also be some swelling that persists for a few days.
A patient’s treated skin eventually looks more even, uniform, and youthful when the veins clear. Additional maintenance laser vein treatments may be required if new veins form over time. Patients may need three to four initial laser vein treatment sessions to get the best results.
Since your skin will be more sensitive to photodamage following a session, avoid sun exposure for several hours and wear sunscreen each day after the laser vein treatment to protect your skin.
Which Other Treatments Are Available for Spider Veins?
Along with laser vein treatments, Radiance Skin Therapy and Laser Center also offers photorejuvenation with intense pulsed light (IPL), which is a gentle, light-based treatment for reducing redness on the skin. IPL damages the walls of the dilated blood vessels, which are then re-absorbed into the skin. Non-ablative laser skin resurfacing is also an option for improving the general tone and texture of the skin.