Updated: May 18, 2022
DID YOU KNOW?: By the age of 80, up to 80% of women will have some form of venous disease.
What are spider veins?
Spider veins rear themselves when blood pools in veins near the surface of the skin. These little guys are red, pink or purple and seen just underneath the skin. 🙂🦵🏻 Usually found on the face, thighs, calves and ankles, spider veins can become noticeable at any age; however, they tend to become more numerous with age, and are common among people over 30 and in pregnant women.
NOTE: Unlike varicose veins, they’re normally small and do not make the skin bulge out.
Causes of spider veins
Known causes of spider veins include heredity, obesity, prolonged sitting or standing, trauma, and fluctuations in hormone levels.
Spider veins aren't usually a medical condition that needs treatment. They do not always turn into varicose veins (which can burn, itch and swell), but if you're uncomfortable or bothered with them, there are treatment options.
Spider vein treatment options
We do not recommend attempting to get rid of your spider veins with advertised products. These topicals and supplements are typically ineffective, unverified and costly.
Here are a few treatments to try, instead:
Massage effectively stimulates healthy blood circulation and is thought to work on spider veins. This can also relieve some pain and swelling that can be associated with spider veins.
Sclerotherapy is one of the most popular and effective treatments for removing spider veins. This treatment is performed by a dermatologist. By injecting medicine into the damaged vein, they cause the vein walls to stick together and close.
Laser treatment therapy delivers intense bursts of light directly inside the vein, solving the problem quickly and effectively.
Laser treatment therapy for spider veins
There is an effective treatment using something called an Nd:YAG (neodymium-doped yttrium aluminum garnet) laser. This non-ablative laser treats skin and vascular conditions — from leg veins to port wine stains.
The Nd:YAG delivers therapeutic laser energy to the targeted area, penetrating the skin and directly treating the skin concern to produce significant lightening of spider veins over a number of treatments with little risk of changing the skin’s texture or scarring of the skin.
"It has built-in SoftCool™ technology which delivers a stream of cool air for greater comfort during and after treatment." - Candela Medical
How can I prepare for my Nd:Yag Laser treatment?
There’s no specific preparation for Nd:Yag laser but some clients take a few days off of work after this treatment.
We do ask you to be off your feet for leg treatments and bruising or swelling may be present afterward.
What to Expect During Treatment
Treatment sessions usually last about 30 minutes.
Your laser technician will provide eye protection and answer any questions you may have at the moment.
While we apply the laser, you’ll see quick flashes of bright light and feel a quick hot pain. Since most local anesthetics are vasoconstrictors which affect blood flow, we cannot numb the treatment area. However, we do offer alternative forms of pain relief (if you’re nervous!).
After Care Instructions
With leg veins and other types of vascular lesions, smaller vessels can disappear immediately after Nordlys™ treatments. Larger ones fade away more gradually over the next few weeks.
If legs are treated, immediately after treatment, it is very important to go home, put your feet up and rest for the rest of the evening and night.
Avoid any strenuous activities for at least 72 hours after treatment. Any physical activity can open up the veins after treatment.
Avoid any trauma, such as scratching, picking or rubbing, to the treated area.
Avoid alcohol 72 hours after treatment and avoid smoking 4 days after treatment.
Avoid direct exposure to sunlight during the first 6-8 weeks following your laser treatment. An SPF 30 or greater sunscreen should be used whenever exposed to the sun. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, sun-protective clothing or bandages may also be used for sun protection.
Avoid taking any medicines containing aspirin for pain relief for five days after the treatment, (it will increase the risk of bruising). If you are prescribed aspirin by your doctor, please continue with this as normal.
Showers are permitted, but gently pat the area to dry.
You may apply make-up to conceal treated areas after 24 hours. Be careful not to rub or abrade your skin when removing make-up.
What are the risks?
Depending on the severity of the concern, you will see some redness for 1-2 days and there may be bruising for up to two weeks. Swelling, crusting and/or slight bleeding may occur. The skin around your eyes 👀 is particularly vulnerable to swelling, this treatment may lead to a partial closure of the eye.
Sometimes a scab may form on the treated area. If a scab forms, it is important not to pick it. Picking a scab may leave a scar and may lead to an infection.
There is a slight but rare risk of infection. Infection is most likely to happen if scabs form in the treated areas. Damage to the eye will occur if eye protection is not used; eye protection will always be provided.
There is always the possibility of unwanted changes in skin color after the treatment, either slightly darker or lighter.
Your skin will be sensitive to UV rays ☀️ after treatment and should be protected for up to a year.
Will I have a follow up appointment?
Not everyone will need a follow up appointment, but if it is necessary, you will be given a date before you leave.
Successive treatments are usually six weeks apart to allow your skin to recover.
How do I schedule this treatment?
We’ll start with a laser consultation!
If you have any questions, feel free to call us or send us an email. We're happy to help you make Spider Veins sexy again!