Spider veins, or telangiectasias, are small, thin, blood vessels visible beneath the skin. They appear most commonly on the face and legs and may look like a series of lines, tree branches, or a spider- or web-like shape with a dark center. It is estimated that they affect nearly half of adult women in the U.S. Spider veins are caused by a variety of factors, including heredity, pregnancy (and other conditions that involve changes in hormone levels), weight gain, long periods of standing, and certain medications. They often appear red or blue, and because they form on the face, thighs, calves and ankles, many patients are bothered by the way they look.
Most spider veins and red spots can be treated with the Laser. Deep blue, bulging varicose veins cannot be treated. Dr. Sternschein uses the Candela V-Beam laser to treat spider veins and red spots. This is a very safe, effective, and quick laser. Three treatments are usually required. The V-Beam laser has a cooling spray that makes the treatments more comfortable. There is no need for anesthesia. Most patients feel nothing more than a slight stinging sensation like the snap of a rubber band. Most treatments take 5-10 minutes. Recuperation is very simple. In most cases there is mild redness for a few days. Occasionally there is a blue bruise for 5-10 days.
Although there are other techniques to treat spider veins and red spots, the laser is generally more effective, has less risks, and results in a better cosmetic result.