Spider Veins

What They Are
Spider veins are small, red, purple and blue vessels that are easily visible through the skin. They show up in clusters usually around the nose, cheeks, chin, legs and ankles causing a ruddy appearance.  Some people feel self-conscious if spider veins appear, and either tend to use foundation and concealer to cover them on the face, or if they appear on the legs they avoid wearing skirts or bathing suits.
What Causes Them
The cause of spider veins can be attributed to several factors, the most common being hereditary, occupations that demand long hours standing, hormonal influences, birth control, or certain trauma, or injury to the skin.
Treatment
Using the ND Yag laser, the settings are optimized to target the hemoglobin in the spider vessels and using a series of little pulses the laser destroys the vessels on contact causing them to  be less visible or disappear as the body reabsorbs the tiny vessels. Depending on how many vessels need to be treated, the sessions can last from 5 to 30 minutes.

Spider Veins

75.00-400.00 per treatment

Recovery
The treatment area around the face or nose is red for a few hours and then returns to normal by the evening or the next day. The legs can take longer to recover as the body reabsorbs the vessels.  Usually, most of the redness disappears within a couple of days but there can be a diffused redness that may take two weeks to completely heal.
Recommendations Before and After Treatment
It is recommended that you NOT take aspirin or other over-the-counter blood thinners 24 hours prior to treatment, no oral antibiotics two weeks prior to treatment, and no topical or Retin-A products to be applied to the treatment area for 14 days prior to treatment.
After treatment, one should not scratch or rub the area, though application of clean makeup over the redness is completely acceptable.  With leg treatments, one should avoid heavy exercise or large amounts of walking or running for 4 to 5 days to allow the blood to get reabsorbed, and avoid placing additional pressure on the area so that the treatment takes well.
Does it Hurt?
Most people say the pain is very minimal and quick and find it easier than laser hair removal.

If you live in Murray Hill, Manhattan, or the greater New York City area and have noticed spider veins creeping up on you, don’t hesitate to contact Laser By Monica to set up a consultation.