Laser vein therapy treatment is a simple, uncomplicated and non-invasive way to remove visible leg veins.
Spider (leg) veins are a very difficult imperfection many people have to live with, especially because they are almost impossible to get rid of without cosmetic treatment.
During treatment, a laser is hovered over the skin’s surface bringing laser light over the area of the visible veins. Light passes through the top layers of the skin then is absorbed by the visible spider or reticular vein as heat.
The heat will disturb the lining of the blood vessel being targeted, making it compress and eventually be removed from the body in the weeks following the treatment session. After this process is complete, the vein is no longer visible on the skin’s surface.
Following your laser treatment session, it is common for your skin to be pink and swollen for up to 48 hours. You can take Tylenol to help with the pain and you can also apply ice to the treatment area.
Do not use hot showers, saunas, pools, hot tubs, cosmetic products or shave until the area is no longer red. Keep the treated area cool and well moisturized with creams and lotions.
Do not expose the treatment area to the sun, tanning beds/lamps, exfoliating products or peels for 2 weeks following your session. Doing this can result in pain, redness, blisters, infection, peeling, scarring, discolouration or burning of the skin.
Results are not immediate. Expect the treated area to be pink, red or swollen for one to two days after your session. This is a normal process. Your body will reabsorb the red blood cells in the treated area over the next two weeks.
You are allowed to apply makeup to the treated area. Use SPF 45 sunblock every day to the treated area. Avoid the sun and anything else hot or abrasive to the treated area for two weeks. Compression stockings are available (20-30 mm/Hg).
Avoid any extreme activity for 3-5 days after your treatment.
Hemosiderin staining which is a brown pigmentation of the skin may occur after the treatment but usually resolves. By avoiding the sun, you will decrease the risk of permanent staining. Bigger veins on the legs may take longer to resolve, maybe months. DO NOT evaluate the vessels for 4-6 weeks.
2 to 3 treatments may be necessary depending on how large the veins are.
For legal reasons, all medical issues require a referral from your family physician.
Please speak to your doctor and request a referral to see Dr. Tiffany Parsons. Sorry for the inconvenience.