Spider veins are a common aesthetic concern for many people. The small, red or blue blood vessels sit close to the surface of the skin and resemble a web, with several veins typically woven together. In addition to their undesirable appearance, these spider veins can lead to unpleasant sensations like burning, aching, and swelling. While the blood vessels are functional, they are not a necessary part of the venous system. As a result, they, along with their appearance, can safely be diminished through vein therapy.
Spider veins can be caused by several factors, such as heredity, pregnancy (or other hormonal shifts), weight gain, prolonged sitting or standing, and certain medications. To treat these perceived imperfections, Shehla Ebrahim, MD and Christopher Pavlou, MD offer the advanced, non-surgical treatment option of Cutera CoolGlide® ND:Yag laser correction.
To learn if vein therapy is right for you, please contact Afterglow Physician Directed Medical Aesthetics to schedule your complimentary consultation.
How does Cutera CoolGlide® Nd:Yag work?
The Cutera CoolGlide® Nd:Yag is a state-of-the-art laser system that can effectively treat spider veins. The technology works by sending pulses of light energy to the target area, causing blood to coagulate within the vein. This destroys the vessel, causing the body to reabsorb it with time. The laser procedure can be performed on all skin tones. To achieve your aesthetic goals, we may recommend you undergo one to three treatments, based on the extent of your needs.
What are the benefits of vein therapy?
Vein therapy can not only diminish the appearance of spider veins but also the discomfort that is often associated with the concern. As a result, you can enjoy a healthier, younger look and feel more comfortable in your own skin.
What are the most commonly treated areas?
The most common areas that develop spider veins are the thighs, calves, and ankles. Both vein therapy options offer excellent results for these areas, and the Cutera CoolGlide® Nd:Yag has the additional benefit of treating red facial veins (capillaries), as well.
Does it hurt?
Typically, patients report having only minimal discomfort from both procedures. However, it is normal for those undergoing Cutera CoolGlide® Nd:Yag treatment to feel a slight stinging as the light energy is pulsed to the target area. Our team will work to ensure you have the most comfortable treatment possible.
What can I expect after vein therapy?
Following your vein therapy, you should require little to no downtime for recovery. Most patients can resume their normal activities immediately after treatment. Potential side effects from CoolGlide® Nd:Yag treatment include some redness, itching, or bruising, though this should dissipate with time.
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If you would like to learn about other rejuvenation treatments we provide, feel free to look at such treatment options as skin tightening, hair reduction, laser skin resurfacing, and chemical peels. When you come in for your consultation, we will do our best to help you find the most beneficial treatment options to make your aesthetic goals a reality.