Noninvasive laser can cure your spider veins once and for all

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Shorts are great – they’re perfect for warm weather, casual fun, and exercise. But even if you love baring your legs, odds are you don’t love showing off those spider veins that won’t go away.

You’re not alone! About 50 to 55 percent of women in the US have some visible vein abnormalities, as do 40 to 45 percent of men. They happen for all kinds of reasons, and although some changes in behavior can reduce or prevent them, they often stick around despite your best efforts.

Spider veins have many causes

Veins get enlarged when they become weak or damaged, allowing blood to pool in one area. This often happens in the legs because the veins there are larger, and they are fighting gravity most directly. When the abnormal veins are small and web-like, they’re called spider veins or vein lesions.

Age can bring on vein abnormalities, but so can many other factors. Hormonal changes, sun exposure, and injuries can also play a role. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle increase your chance of getting them, as does pregnancy. And of course, if others in your family have weak veins, you’re more likely to have them too.

Noninvasive lasers can treat them

Changing your habits may help prevent and reduce the appearance of spider veins. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising, using sunscreen, and reducing your salt intake are just some of the behavior changes you can try. But if that doesn’t get rid of them – and it often doesn’t – there’s still hope.

Traditional vein treatments are not completely noninvasive. They involve inserting a small wire into the vein and destroy it from the inside, so that it collapses and is naturally absorbed into the body. The blood flow gets redirected to other, healthier veins. This works, but it involves needles breaking the skin barrier, which always raises the risk and pain involved.

Newer lasers create this same effect from the outside, no needles required. They send intense pulses of light with exactly the right frequency to target the water in the blood vessels, heating it up to damage the vein. It’s 100% noninvasive.

What to expect

For a week before your laser spider vein treatment, you should be extra careful about protecting your skin from the sun – use plenty of sunscreen (even on cloudy days!) or stick to the shade. Avoid smoking, drinking, and taking aspirin during this time as well. On the day of the treatment, skip any creams or lotions that you would normally use, and wear comfortable clothing.

You may be given a topical anaesthetic, which numbs the skin a little. This helps with any discomfort, and you shouldn’t feel significant pain – most people experience a tingling sensation. There might be some redness on the treated area afterwards, but this will go away within a few days. Small veins may disappear immediately, but for larger veins, it takes several days or even weeks to see full results.

Get the best treatment

For the least painful and most effective treatment, go to a medical spa or doctor’s office that offers the latest lasers. It makes all the difference!

At Become Medspa, we’ve invested in the gold standard of laser technology to give our patients the comfort and results they deserve. Call 516-224-4850 or click here to learn more or make an appointment.

Rob Taormina