Laser Vein Therapy
Varicose and spider veins are not a favorable topic for men and women alike. Some patients find them displeasing to the eye, causing self-confidence problems. Varicose and spider veins can appear for a variety of reasons, but the good news is that they are often treatable with laser vein therapy and other treatments.
What is the difference between varicose and spider veins?
Spider and varicose veins both form when there is an excessive build-up of blood in the veins. Most commonly found in the legs, spider veins are smaller than varicose veins. They appear as blue or red squiggles on the surface of the skin. Spider veins, as you can image, tend to spread in a spider-like shape. They are commonly found on the calves, legs, thighs, ankles, and even on the face. Varicose veins are larger and bulge from the affected area, resembling twisted cords. They are usually blue, red, or skin-colored. Both spider and varicose veins can be treated with laser vein therapy.
What causes varicose and spider veins?
There are many different reasons that someone may develop spider and varicose veins over the course of their lifetime: aging, overexposure to the sun, hereditary factors, hormonal changes (ex: pregnancy), and obesity. Women also tend to develop spider and varicose veins more than men.
How can you treat varicose and spider veins?
At Skincare Laser Centre, we use laser vein therapy to treat spider and varicose veins. What does that mean exactly? It means that we use a revolutionary laser, known as the Cutera Xeo, to target the affected area. Cutera XEO, an IPL (intense pulsed light), uses light to repair the damaged veins. Turning the energy from the light into heat, the laser targets the blood cells and the heat causes the blood vessel to break apart and properly redistribute the blood flow. Over time, the veins will eventually fade away.
How many laser vein treatments are recommended?
Treatment plans vary from patient to patient. However, more than one treatment is usually recommended for optimum results, and the results will gradually appear over time.*
If you’d like to schedule an appointment to see if you are a good candidate for laser vein therapy, please contact our Calgary office to schedule a consultation with one of our providers.