Spider Vein Treatments in Northern Virginia
Spider veins are the name for the appearance of veins showing through the skin. They are most common on the face and legs.
When on the face, these are often caused by sun damage. This is because UV rays can make the skin thinner. It can also increase the size of the veins. The combination makes the veins more easily seen. They can also be caused by hormonal changes, weight changes, heredity, or (in the case of spider veins on the legs) jobs that require standing all day.
Facial spider veins or telangectasia removed by laser*
How Can Spider Veins be Treated?
Lasers can be used to treat this issue. The effects can be quite dramatic for the face and legs. It works by targeting tiny blood vessels and keeping them from filling with blood. Since the blood no longer flows through these vessels at the surface, the spider vein look is diminished.
On the legs, the problem may be deeper. A consult is needed to assess whether or not the leg veins can be treated with lasers. It is possible that a different type of action may be needed. That said, lasers are often a viable option.
There is also the option of sclerotherapy for the legs. It also has the result of closing off the vein. It uses a saline solution placed within the vessel. Over the following weeks, the vein slowly diminishes.
What is the spider vein removal procedure like?
On the face, the patient may feel a slight pinching sensation when the laser is used. However, the laser also has a cooling agent. This makes the pinching sensation go away quickly. The length of the whole process will of course depend on how many spider veins are to be treated. That said, 20 minutes is quite typical.
We have two systems to treat the spider veins on the face, both the 1064 Nd:YAG laser or the IPL.
If the legs can be treated with lasers, the procedure is similar. It just takes longer. The length of time depends on how much is being treated, but 45 minutes is common. Sometimes more treatments are needed on the legs to get the best result. On the legs there may be more bruising during healing. The bruising can last for weeks or even months in some cases. It is also more likely for the spider veins to come back on the legs over time. In any case, wearing compression stockings can assist in the healing process.
Like all medical procedures, consider all of the risks. Consult with the Loudoun Center to get a full picture of what is involved in the process.
George Washington University Professional Center
The Loudoun Center for Plastic Surgery
45155 Research Place, Suite 125
Ashburn, VA 20165