Leg Vein Removal New York City
Laser Vein Removal
What Are Spider Veins?
What Causes Broken Capillaries?
Lumenis Laser Procedure
In a laser vein removal session, Laser & Mohs Dermatology of New York will start by applying a topical anesthetic to the treatment area. Next, the Lumenis laser wavelength is set to match the color of the vein or capillary, be it purple, red, or blue. We then deliver the laser energy in shorts bursts. The light energy penetrates the skin surface and the blood in the targeted vein absorbs the energy. The energy converts to heat and coagulates the blood inside the vein, causing it to collapse and seal. Over the next few weeks, the vessel will disappear and the body’s lymphatic system will remove all of the blood. Thanks to the precision of the Lumenis Nd:YAG laser, we are able to precisely target the vein without harming nearby tissue.This precision allows the use of the laser on broken capillaries on the nose and cheeks. Sclerotherapy, the other method of removing spider veins, is not used on the face, but lasers allow treatment of these more sensitive areas with great results.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate for Laser Vein Removal?
Laser vein treatment works on various skin types and vein issues while allowing patients to avoid undergoing invasive surgery. However, laser vein removal isn’t for everyone. The ideal candidates must meet some basic qualifications.
The types of vein issues treated by laser vein removal include:
- Spider veins
- Broken capillaries
- Reticular veins
- Venous lakes
Patients with these skin concerns who are in good health and have realistic expectations and goals concerning the procedure are likely perfect candidates for laser vein removal.
Those with diabetes, skin cancer, vitiligo, herpes, or who are pregnant may not be good candidates for laser vein removal. Additionally, patients on blood thinners or Accutane may also be disqualified from laser vein removal. Contact our office to learn more.
How Long Will the Results of My Laser Vein Removal Last?
The results are permanent when a physician administers laser vein removal treatments correctly. However, some patients may require two to four treatments to clear up their spider veins, broken capillaries, or other skin concerns.
While laser vein removal may permanently remove the spider veins treated, the treatments do not prevent new spider veins from appearing.
How Do I Prepare for Laser Vein Removal?
When preparing for laser vein removal treatments, you should speak with your healthcare provider about stopping any blood-thinning medications, such as aspirin, for a few days before treatment.
Additionally, patients should stop smoking and drinking alcohol a few days before their treatment and arrive well-hydrated. If advised, patients should bring compression stockings for use after their procedure.
How Long Will the Laser Vein Removal Procedure Take?
What Is the Difference Between Varicose Veins and Spider Veins?
Over time, more pressure is placed upon the valves in the veins, causing blood to leak back down and put pressure on the vein walls, causing them to dilate. As a result, the blood builds up pressure in the vein, weakening the walls and causing the vein to bulge.
Varicose veins can be a cosmetic or medical concern, and they may become painful over time.
Spider veins are much smaller and thinner than varicose veins. They are often red or slightly purple and—as per their name—may look like spider webs that sit just under the surface of the skin. Spider veins do not bulge and are commonly found on the legs or the face.
Like varicose veins, spider veins appear from blood not flowing properly. Spider veins are generally only an aesthetic concern and are rarely painful.
Schedule an appointment at Laser & Mohs Dermatology of New York to find out whether you’re a good candidate for laser vein removal. We’re here to help you!