While physically harmless, spider veins (those tiny, purple and red veins usually on the legs or face) can sure make us feel less than our best—or at least look older than we are. The good news is that it’s perfectly safe to get rid of these veins, and we have a very effective treatment available at La Jolla Cosmetic Medical Spa: laser vein removal.

Performed by our experienced, medically trained laser specialists, laser treatments are a safe, minimally invasive option to clear away spider veins in just a few monthly treatments.

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How does laser vein removal work?

Essentially, the laser works by destroying the tiny veins using specific, targeted wavelengths of light. The heat energy from the light causes the blood within the vein to coagulate (dry up), and the body absorbs the remnants of the vein. Additionally, this helps redirect blood flow to deeper veins below the skin’s surface.  At LJCMS, we will probably use either the Elite Plus or the VBeam Perfecta laser, depending on your needs and goals.

How many treatments will I need?

For the typical patient, we recommend a series of 3-6 treatments to fully treat spider veins in an area. Small vascular lesions, such as cherry angiomas, can often be fully eliminated after just one treatment. Results appear gradually, over the course of 2 to 6 weeks after treatment.

Is it safe? What side effects are possible?

Bruising is the most common side effect. To minimize bruising, we may advise you to avoid blood-thinning medications and supplements such as aspirin, ibuprofen, fish oil, Vitamin E, and St. Johns wart leading up to treatment. Post-treatment, taking the herb Arnica, either as a topical gel or oral supplement, can also help reduce any bruising.

Although no significant downtime is needed, there is a slight period of healing time where you will need to protect your veins from sun, heat and high impact exercise. A slightly raised, red appearance in the treated area is normal after laser vein therapy and typically resolves in 1-2 days.

Considering your spider vein treatment options? Contact us!

We offer free consultations at La Jolla Cosmetic Medical Spa, so if you are considering your options you have nothing to lose (except those spider veins)! Call (858) 452-2066 or contact us online to make your appointment.