Dermatologists can also use specialized lasers, such as the Cutera excel™ Laser, to target and eliminate small to medium spider veins.
The laser light penetrates the outer layers of skin in order to reach the spider veins below that will absorb the laser beam’s energy, subsequently destroying the vein due to the brief but intense heat. Then, the body will eliminate the damaged tissue through its natural healing process.
Anesthesia is not required for this procedure, but people do report feeling a slight discomfort during the treatment that has been described as the feeling of a rubber band snapping against the skin combined with a cool, wet spray sensation. The good news is that one session only takes about 15 minutes. Most people will require one to three treatment sessions for optimal results, but this can vary depending on your specific needs and goals.
The Vascular Laser Procedure
During your vascular laser procedure, laser light penetrates the outer layers of skin, reaching the blood vessels below. Targeted blood vessels absorb this light and are effectively destroyed by brief bursts of laser energy. Your body will then remove the damaged tissue through its natural healing process, resulting in a dramatic improvement in the appearance of unsightly spider veins.
Most women and men report that the vascular laser produces two sensations at the same time: the feeling of a snapping rubber band, combined with a cool, wet spray sensation. No anesthesia is required, and the procedure only takes about 15 minutes. Some patients, especially those with rosacea, may experience a mild sunburn sensation, but this is temporary.
While most people require one to three treatment sessions for full results, this can depend on your unique needs. Following your initial consultation with Dr. Krant, you should have an accurate idea of how many sessions may be necessary to meet your goals.
Vascular Laser Recovery
While no anesthesia is generally required, you may experience some swelling, bruising or mild discomfort following your procedure. The size of the area treated will influence the rate at while your body recovers, but in most cases, you can expect to return to your normal daily activities within the next few days, provided you avoid sun exposure until you’ve fully recovered.
During your consultation, Dr. Krant will go over the timeline of recovery that you can expect following your vascular laser procedure.
Vascular Laser Results
Most women and men enjoy long-lasting results that appear virtually immediately following vascular laser treatment, although some swelling, bruising, or redness may still be present for several days. These symptoms, however, should diminish on their own, revealing your even, beautiful skin tone and texture. For maximum results, Dr. Krant may suggest additional laser treatment sessions, depending on the severity of your condition.