Life has a way of leaving its mark on our skin. Unfortunately, sometimes this mark is in the form of a road map of blue, purple and red bulging veins. But there’s no need to hide your legs under pants and stockings year-round or endure painful injections.
Varicose and spider veins can crop up for a number reasons. They’re often due to genetics but environmental factors like pregnancy, spending a lot of time on your feet, poor diet, obesity, hormonal changes, inactivity and sun exposure can also play a role. Basically, when you have weak valves that can’t push blood through the vein it creates a traffic jam of sorts. The blood gets stuck leading to the appearance of varicose veins and spider veins.
Laser treatment is the safest, most natural way to treat these unsightly spider veins and varicose veins on your legs. We pass a laser over the vein so that light energy can make its way through the skin. It helps liquefy the coagulated blood that is trapped in the vessel. Your lymphatic system then simply flushes it out. The alternative is to inject them with chemicals, which is far more painful and requires a longer recovery. Plus, smaller spider veins cannot be treated with injections.
In our Vancouver laser clinic, we use the CUTERA laser machine, so we can treat leg veins on men and women of all skin tones. No one’s left out. Even better? There’s no downtime and you can actually walk out of our clinic immediately after your session. It’s time to wear those shorts and dresses with confidence.
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Broken capillaries can appear for a number of different reasons, most commonly as the result of damage from sun exposure and excess dilation from a source of inflammation or irritation like rosacea acne. Over zealous scrubbing, aging, genetics, hormones, the use of birth control pills and certain conditions can also come into play.
You can finally stop struggling to cover them up because laser and IPL (intense pulsed light) can banish broken facial capillaries. Painful injections or layers of foundation aren’t necessary. The process is simple, low risk and there’s no recovery time.
We pass a handheld device over the skin and the light energy cauterizes the damaged veins. The body naturally reabsorbs the pooled blood and redirects future blood flow to veins deeper below the skin. Why shouldn’t you experience the empowerment that comes with healthy, even-toned skin?
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What factors increase my risk of varicose veins and spider veins?
- Aging. As we get older, the valves in the veins may weaken and not work as well as they used to.
- Medical history. Your risk increases if you are born with weak vein valves. It may also be hereditary. In fact, about half of all people who have varicose veins have a family member who has them too.
- Hormonal changes. It’s always the hormones! During puberty, pregnancy and menopause, the shift in hormonal can cause spider veins or varicose veins to develop. Taking birth control pills and other medications containing estrogen and progesterone might also contribute to their forming.
- Pregnancy. During pregnancy, there is a huge increase in the amount of blood in the body, which can cause veins to enlarge. The growing uterus also puts pressure on the veins. Fortunately, varicose veins usually improve within three months after delivery. Unfortunately, however, more varicose veins and spider veins tend to appear with each additional pregnancy.
- Obesity. Being overweight or obese increases the pressure on your veins.
- Lack of movement. Sitting or standing for a long time can force your veins to work harder to pump blood to your heart. This could potentially be an even bigger problem if you sit with your legs bent or crossed.
- Sun exposure. This may lead to spider veins on the cheeks or nose of a fair-skinned person.
How many laser treatments for veins will I need?
A: Most of our patients have one to three treatments. However, the final tally will depend on the number, color and size of the blood vessels being treated. Your NuAGE laser clinician will give you the low down on your specific condition and the results you can expect.
Why do varicose veins and spider veins usually appear in the legs?
A: Varicose veins and spider veins typically appear in the legs because of force of gravity and the fact your stems bear most of the pressure of your body weight. The veins in your legs, as compared to veins in other parts of the body, have the toughest go of carrying blood back to the heart because of this pressure they have to withstand, which can be stronger than the one-way valves in the veins.
How does laser treatment for veins work?
A: The laser machine works its magic by delivering pulses of light energy to the abnormal veins, which causes the blood within them to break apart and be naturally re-absorbed by your body. It destroys the vessel so that blood can’t coagulate there. Blood flow is redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface where it should be.
Does the laser procedure for veins hurt?
A: Many patients experience a slight stinging or pinching sensation as the pulses of energy are delivered through the hand piece. It feels comparable to tweezing your eyebrows. Though no local anesthesia or pain medication is required, some patients opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to treatment. Good news: following the treatment, the pain is minimal to nonexistent.
What are the possible side effects of laser treatment for veins?
A: Most patients report few if any side effects. The most commonly noticed are a slight reddening and local swelling of the skin and both are typically gone in less than 24 hours. Some patients may experience bruising and in rare instances, blistering can occur. Consult with your NuAGE laser clinician for complete information on the benefits and risks of laser vein treatment based on your health history.
What are spider veins and varicose veins?
A: Spider veins are those small, red or blue twisting and turning blood vessels you can see through the skin and they appear on both the legs and face. Varicose veins are primarily seen on the legs. They’re large, swollen blood vessels that are similarly twisted, but protrude as well. Varicose veins are caused by weakness in the vessel’s walls. They become permanently dilated and blood may pool in them. While spider veins are just a cosmetic nuisance, in severe cases, if left untreated, varicose veins can cause side effects including swelling, blood clotting, skin thickening, venous eczema and aching.