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    What is a dermatologic surgeon?

    One of the most innovative and progressive medical subspecialties, these ASDS experts perform medically necessary and cosmetic treatment and procedures to improve skin health and beauty.

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    From aging skin to skin cancer...

    No one is more qualified to help than an ASDS member dermatologist. Each year, these skilled doctors perform 5 million cosmetic procedures and 2.6 million skin cancer treatments.

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    One American dies of melanoma almost every hour

    The good news: With early detection, melanoma has an almost 100 percent five-year survival rate. Schedule a free skin cancer screening today.

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    From crow's feet to spider veins...

    You'll look and feel your best when ASDS member dermatologists combine their training and expertise with the widest range of options available.

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Laser/light Therapy for Spider Veins

 

Treatment Options

 
 

Learn more about treatment options for spider veins

 
 

Laser/light therapy is a non-toxic and non-invasive therapy that uses light energy to destroy unwanted cells and veins.

Why choose laser/light therapy for spider veins

Laser/light therapy is considered the treatment of choice for facial spider veins. It can be used on other parts of the body as well. Only rarely is laser/light therapy used on leg veins.

What you should know about laser/light therapy for spider veins

During laser/light therapy, a laser is applied to the spider veins. The laser transmits photons that are absorbed by the blood cells in the veins, which generates heat that destroys the blood vessel. The damaged vein shrinks and eventually dissolves over time.

Possible risks

As with any treatment, there are risks associate with it, though they are minimized in the hands of a qualified ASDS dermatologist. These include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Discoloration
  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Crusting
 

Cost

The average cost for laser/light therapy depends on the number and size of the blood vessels that are treated. Since laser/light therapy for spider veins is considered a cosmetic procedure, the cost usually isn’t covered by medical insurance companies.
 

How to prepare for the procedure

Before the procedure, an ASDS dermatologist will usually review the patient’s medical history and conduct a physical exam. This is the time for the doctor and patient to discuss expectations, potential risks and outcomes of the procedure. Patients also should:
  • Avoid sunbathing, tanning beds or waxing for two weeks prior to the procedure.
  • Avoid aspirin, anti-inflammatory drugs and herbal supplements due to increased risk of bleeding.
 

What to expect after the procedure

Patients may not see any significant changes until several weeks after the surgery. Multiple treatments may be required. Other post-procedure issues include:
  • Treated area may be pink or red for four to eight hours after treatment.
  • A slight stinging sensation, similar to a mild sunburn in the treated area. This sensation usually subsides within four to six hours. Cool packs or moist cloths may be applied to reduce the sensation.
  • Mild swelling in the treatment area that usually dissipates within several days.
 
In addition, patients should: 
  • Avoid applying makeup or lotion to the treated area for either 24 hours or until all signs of redness and stinging have dissipated.
  • Apply a good moisturizing lotion to the treated area twice daily for the duration of the treatments and for at least three months after final treatment.

Find a doctor for your laser/light therapy for spider veins

Visit “Find a dermatologic surgeon” and choose “Laser varicose vein surgery” from the dropdown menu. In 2013, ASDS dermatologists performed nearly 224,000 vein treatments, up from 146,000 in 2012. Because ASDS dermatologists are trained in a variety of the best and latest techniques, they are the most qualified to evaluate and select the best treatment choice based on the individual patient’s condition.

 
 
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