Laser Lights Answers Commonly Asked Questions about Laser Spider Vein Removal

Q.) What are spider veins? What causes them?

Spider veins are small veins that form into tree branch-like formations close to the surface of the skin. They occur most often on the legs, though visible veins can sometimes occur on the face around the nose and on the cheeks. The direct causes of spider veins are unknown though some individuals—like those who are obese, women, or pregnant individuals—are more prone to spider veins. Any condition or situation that increases pressure in the vessels can lead to visible veins.

Q.) How does laser vein removal work?

During laser vein removal, laser light is adjusted to focus on the specific pigment of visible veins. During treatment, the laser targets the veins, causing them to break up within the body, and allowing the immune system to dispose of them naturally. Meanwhile, the surrounding tissue is left unharmed because the laser wavelength does not target that pigment.

Q.) Is it harmful to remove spider veins?

Spider veins and other visible veins are chiefly cosmetic issues and serve no major function. Therefore, eliminating them with laser vein removal does you no harm.

Q.) How does laser vein removal differ from other vein removal procedures like sclerotherapy?

Sclerotherapy involves multiple injections to destroy the vein, while laser vein removal at Laser Lights does not require needles. Studies have shown that laser vein removal patients suffer less pain during the procedure, as well as long after the treatment when compared with more traditional methods like surgical vein stripping. While all of these are effective methods, laser vein removal is less painful and a faster vein removal procedure.