Removal of Spider Veins
Spider veins are small to medium dilated veins in the legs and also provide an indication of a disorder of the leg veins. They are located directly below the skin surface, so are visible and are seen by many as unsightly. The reason for this often lies in a genetic weakness of the connective tissue which is also caused by external influences such as pregnancy or an occupation where a great deal of time is spent standing. Quite often with the small, superficial leg veins (spider veins) the larger, deep leg veins (varicose veins) are also affected by the disease.
Varicose veins represent not only a cosmetic problem, but can also be a health problem in later stages, therefore, prior to treatment of spider veins, a close examination of the leg veins may be useful to see if the surgical removal of varicose veins maybe necessary.
The aim of the treatment is to remove spider veins, couperose and other vascular changes. With the laser, vessels up to a diameter of about 0.8 - 1 mm can be treated.
Procedure: Through the application of the laser, the inner walls of the blood vessels are damaged. The blood in the vessels coagulates and the vascular walls stick together, so no blood flow is possible. The blood vessels are reduced and broken down by the body. This degradation process can take in the order of between one and six months.
On the way through the skin, the laser emits heat and creates a thermal skin reaction. Treatment by laser is by no means entirely painless and therefore it is useful to treat the skin afterwards using so
called "cool-packs” or cold wet towels, as these may relieve any irritation in the treated areas.In general, several sessions will be conducted as the blood vessels can also regenerate. The gap between treatments is usually around 4 to 8 weeks but can depend on the type of vascular changes, and in exceptional cases, up to a year is required. Through the procedure, it is not the cause of the changes that is being treated, which means, that if prone to these changes, then there can be a reoccurrence which can be treated again.