Veins are essential — they’re vital for the distribution of blood throughout the body — but sometimes they can become an issue. For some, small web-like veins, known as spider veins, form beneath the top layer of skin. Spider veins appear in areas such as the legs and around the eyes, which can be a cosmetic concern and a real confidence deflator.
Yes, your veins are important, but they can also take a toll on your physical and emotional health. When unsightly spider veins do arise, you have several options to remove them.
Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics offers laser vein removal treatment in Minnetonka, MN. These treatments are done to reduce or eliminate the appearance of spider veins on the face or legs. Whether your vein concerns are due to heredity, age, prolonged sitting or standing, or other factors, Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics can help. Dr. Leslie Smith has carefully selected the latest laser vein treatment that is safe, comfortable, and effective for a wide range of skin types and colors. She is an experienced cosmetic physician who is passionate about patient care.
What Causes Spider Veins?
Spider veins can form for a number of reasons. In many cases, the issue is simply caused by genetics and beyond your control. Sun exposure, a major contributing factor for facial spider veins, can affect the dilation of your veins, which increases blood flow and makes them more prominent. Trauma to the skin that damages blood vessels, skin conditions such as rosacea, and hormonal changes are other risk factors that can contribute to spider veins. Regardless of the cause, spider vein removal is entirely possible.
How Does Laser Vein Removal Work?
Dr. Smith uses an advanced laser called the Sciton to gently treat spider veins and broken capillaries in the upper layers of the skin. The Sciton laser targets water in the blood inside unwanted veins. When the laser is introduced to the skin, it penetrates the upper layers and generates heat that closes the vein. The vein walls are destroyed and collapse in on themselves. The destroyed vein is gradually reabsorbed into the body and the blood is rerouted to healthier veins. Laser vein removal a safe and effective treatment that’s proven to help patients struggling with venous concerns.
What to Expect During the Laser Vein Removal Treatment
Dr. Smith uses the most advanced technology, so there is minimal, if any, discomfort during laser vein treatment. We will cover your eyes with safety shields or protective glasses. Dr. Smith will emit the Sciton laser energy onto the skin, during which short bursts of energy will penetrate the upper layers and absorbed by the vein. Gradually, these veins will take in enough heat that the vein walls collapse.
You may experience a warm sensation as your skin absorbs the laser pulses. These sensations are well-tolerated by the majority of patients. Dr. Smith completes most laser vein removal treatments in about 15 minutes to a half-hour. When your treatment is complete, your legs will be wrapped and you will wear compression stockings to ensure consistent blood flow.
While many patients see noticeable improvement after a single session, Dr. Smith may recommend a series of treatments to achieve optimal results.
Laser Vein Removal Recovery & Results
Most patients report little or no discomfort following laser vein treatment. Depending on your specific condition and treatment, you can expect to get back to your normal routine right away. Occasionally, patients experience redness or soreness, but this usually subsides within one to two days. We advise patients to avoid all vigorous exercise and hot tubs for up to one day in order for the treated area to heal correctly. Patients should also avoid direct sunlight for a couple of days after the procedure.
Laser vein removal is considered a long-term treatment. However, this does not mean that new spider veins cannot develop. You can reduce your risk by maintaining a regular exercise routine that encourages healthy blood flow in the areas where these veins are most common. Other recommendations include wearing sunscreen to protect your skin from UV rays, keeping your legs elevated when resting, not wearing clothing that restricts blood flow, and avoiding crossing your legs for prolonged periods while sitting.
With laser vein removal, you can confidently show off natural, flawless skin again.
Laser Vein Removal FAQs
Is Laser Vein Removal Right for You?
Most people struggling with spider veins are excellent candidates for laser vein removal. The treatment works on men and women of any skin tone. During an initial consultation, Dr. Smith will review your medical history and any current medications you’re taking to ensure your candidacy. Patients who are taking blood thinners must stop for several weeks before and after the procedure. Candidates should also have realistic expectations about what results the procedure may produce.
Is Laser Vein Removal Safe?
Laser vein removal is a minimally-invasive treatment that requires no downtime. The treatment is generally safe, but some minor side effects may occur. Immediately after treatment, patients may experience redness or swelling around the treatment site. This typically goes away after two days. Bruising may also temporarily occur in the treatment area. An increase or decrease in pigmentation can happen in the treated area but is rarely permanent.
It’s essential to have laser vein removal performed by an experienced professional. Dr. Leslie Smith is a board-certified surgeon with a specialization in laser treatments. She and her trained staff are eager to provide you with optimal care and put an end to your unsightly veins.
Schedule An Appointment
Call Sapphire Advanced Aesthetics at (952) 232-5654 for a comfortable and relaxing vein removal experience. You may also schedule an appointment with one of our cosmetic physicians on our website.