Spider veins are thin capillaries that look like tree branches or spider webs.
Often red and purple in color, spider veins are thin capillaries that look like tree branches or spider webs. They are most commonly seen on the legs and face. Spider veins are usually caused by backup of blood, hormonal changes, sun exposure, pressure and heredity and more common in women than men.
Many women tend to develop spider veins after pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Others tend to suffer from this condition due to misuse of harsh skin care products or environmental changes. The exact cause for dilated spider veins is still unknown but the good news is that thanks to the advancements in technology, spider veins can now be effectively treated.
At The Gentlemen’s Clinic, we specialize in Cutera CoolGlide laser spider vein removal treatment. It is a modern and an innovative non-invasive laser vein removal treatment that removes these unsightly blood vessels with minimal discomfort. It is quick, safe and very effective. Laser vein removal works best for vessels 1 to 3 mm in diameter.
The Cutera CoolGlide laser spider vein removal treatment delivers precise dosage of energy to each spider vein. Using its unique contact cooling hand piece, the laser accurately targets the haemoglobin in the vessels without affecting the surrounding skin and tissues. The light energy is delivered in a series of brief pulses. This heat absorption causes the targeted vessels to thermally coagulate and collapse. The destroyed vessels are reabsorbed by the body and the blood flows directly back into the deeper vessels under the skin, where it belongs. To minimize discomfort, the cooling head of the laser glides over the skin before and after the laser pulse.
Both men and women dealing with unsightly spider veins can benefit from this treatment. There is no limitation to skin colour. However, treatment on tattoos is avoided. Also, 2 weeks before and after the treatment you must avoid direct sun exposure.
Short-term side effects include skin reddening over the treated vessels and local swelling. They subside in less than a day. Some patients have also experienced blisters and increased or decreased pigmentation over the treated area but that is very rare. Treatment of larger vessels may cause bruising but it is resolved in a few weeks.
The results are not permanent but most certainly long-term. CoolGlide laser vein removal treatment offers 70 to 90 percent long term reduction in the number of spider veins and the results may last at least 2 years and sometimes much longer.