Most people would like to remove their unsightly spider veins, but they are confused about spider veins and varicose veins: I will attempt to highlight the differences and similarities and why removing spider veins with laser therapy is so worth it. What are spider veins?  What causes them?  How do I prevent them? How do you treat them using laser Therapy?

What are spider veins? 

To begin with, both spider veins and varicose veins are types of venous insufficiency. In other words, the one-way valves in the veins do not close properly as the blood tries to return to the heart, causing it to flow backwards. The blood collects or pools in the vein resulting in spider veins or, in more extreme cases, varicose veins. In both types of veins, the valves are damaged and do not close as they should.

Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia (red, thread-like veins) and venulectasias (blue veins close to the surface of the skin and less than 2mm in diameter), look like spider webs.  In short, they are busted blood vessels close to the surface of the skin. Spider veins can be removed with the Nd:YAG laser such as the one we use at Nell Laser Clinic. Varicose veins are larger and deeper, usually lumpy, twisted and flesh-coloured. Some varicose veins, if they are tiny and close to the surface, can be removed by laser, but most of the time varicose veins require more extensive procedures- sometimes even surgery.

What causes spider veins? 

Spider veins usually cause no pain or swelling, and they are typically removed for cosmetic reasons.  Varicose veins, on the other hand, will cause pain, swollen ankles and legs as well as a heavy feeling in the legs.  Unlike spider veins, varicose veins usually cause itchiness and discomfort.

Coughing, sneezing, vomiting (i.e., pressure), giving birth, and sun damage from ultraviolet rays can sometimes lead to spider veins. Certain circumstances will make some people more susceptible to spider veins (and varicose veins). Age, weight, family history, gender (females are more prone), menopause (higher levels of estrogen can weaken valves), and standing or sitting for long periods of time without taking a break to walk around (ideally every 30 minutes) can all lead to the condition.

How do I prevent them?

To prevent spider veins from getting worse there are some lifestyle changes you can make. Keep a healthy weight, don’t wear tight clothes, limit alcohol, elevate legs, move around, wear compression stockings, exercise, avoid hot tubs and saunas (they bring blood to the surface of the skin), and see your Skin Therapist if you have Rosacea.

How do you treat them using laser Therapy?

Laser Treatment is by far the easiest and least invasive way to remove spider veins. The Nd:YAG laser has a cool tip to prevent any burning. It is a hand-held device whereby the heat(photons) from the laser coagulates the blood, the vein collapses, seals and is eventually absorbed by the blood in your body.

The Treatment is not a walk in the park, but with technology so advanced there is nothing to worry about. You just need a little courage and determination. The cool tip makes the procedure a lot easier.

One week before the Treatment avoid the sun, aspirin, alcohol and smoking. No lotions or creams on the day of treatment and be sure to wear loose, comfortable clothing.

You will need 2-6 treatments scheduled 4-6 weeks apart, depending on the size and number of veins.  The results are not immediate in most cases. Veins soon turn a light red and disappear within 2-6 weeks.  Some veins may take longer, sometimes 6 months to a year.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for spider veins. They are usually recurrent, but the skin’s appearance is dramatically improved with laser Therapy. The result: no more unsightly spider veins! 

For a complementary consultation call us at 416-228-0011

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The 1064nm Nd: YAG laser has proved to be one of the most useful light sources for the treatment of deep vascular lesions and spider veins. A deeper penetration and a lower absorption by haemoglobin make this wavelength highly effective for thick vascular lesions, more so traditionally used shorter wavelengths (KTP, pulsed dye, IPL, diode). Adequate absorption of this wavelength is achieved by haemoglobin, a system able to control the depth of penetration through appropriate spot selection. With variable pulse duration to adjust to different vessel diameters, high fluences, and optimal cooling systems to avoid pain or burning, Nd YAG lasers can theoretically treat any vascular lesion, superficial, deep or thick. Additionally, variable spot sizes, highly-variable pulse duration and high fluences (CoolGlide Vantage, Cutera) have been evaluated for the treatment of a wide spectrum of vascular lesions. Results are especially noticeable on rosacea, leg veins, facial spider veins, cherry angioma (ruby point), and thick hemangiomas venus lake. Moderate pain was reported on deeper or thicker lesions, but was decreased with longer or additional cooling with ice packs.  

Haemoglobin absorption of the 1064nm Nd: YAG wavelength offers the possibility to treat deep or thick lesions that are not accessible with shorter wavelengths. The option to tailor the treatment for every client according to the characteristics of their lesions is responsible for the high success rates in our experience. A 1064nm Nd: YAG laser with an optimal equipment design, as the one used in our Clinic, permits us to treat any kind of facial spider veins, leg veins (varicose veins), venus lake, cherry angioma with high rates of success and safety.  

What Are the Causes of Varicose Veins?

Leg veins have valves that act as one-way flaps. These valves prevent the blood from flowing backwards as it moves up the legs. If one-way valves become week, blood can leak back into the vein and collect there. Pooled blood enlarges the vein, becoming varicose. Prolonged standing or sitting, sun exposure, obesity, hormonal influences, age, and family history are the causes of spider veins and varicose veins.

There are two methods to treat varicose veins and spider veins:

  1. Laser 1064nm Nd YAG spider veins treatment is very effective and less pain full
  2. Sclerotherapy is an injectable solution to treat blood vessel malformations using agents such as hypertonic saline, hypertonic glucose and polidocanol. This treatment makes vessels shrink.

Benefits of Nd Yag laser Treatments on vascular Lesion

❖ Nd:Yag laser minimizes any bruising or irritation of the surrounding skin.

❖ The number of treatments depend on the quantity, color and size of the vessels being treated, typically 1-3.

❖ Feels like a mild to moderate stinging sensation. A cooling mechanism is built in to the hand piece to minimize discomfort and protect the skin.

❖ Small vessels disappear immediately. Large vessels on the legs, often look worse before they look better but will clear up over weeks or months. The use of sunscreen is recommended after treatment.  

If you would like to make an appointment for a complementary consultation, we can provide you with an estimate of the number of treatments necessary and the price.  Please call us at 416-228-0011.

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