Spider veins are small star type veins which radiate from a centre point. They are purple, red or blue in color and appear as web like maze, branches, and thread like lines or separate lines. They can appear in any part of your body including face, buttocks, thighs, legs or calves making you look unattractive.
Causes of Spider Veins
These veins are mainly caused due to the following reasons:
• Abnormal flow of blood
• Weakening of the walls of the blood vessel
• In women during pregnancy due to an increase in the hormone estrogen
Effective Treatment to Remove Spider Veins
Laser treatment has been used for over 30 years and is considered to be the most effective treatment for the removal spider veins. Karishma Vein Clinic is considered to be the best clinic for spider vein treatment in Pune. The doctors feel that laser treatment is a fast and easy way to treat these superficial veins. The type of laser used in this treatment is the Candela Nd: YAG Laser System. It consists of a hand held device and is provided with a cooling tip which helps to minimize any discomfort during the course of the therapy. For small superficial veins on the face Intense Pulsed Light or IPL can also be used.
Who can take the laser therapy?
In order to undergo this laser treatment an individual should:
• Not have any disease of blood vessels
• Not have problems with bleeding
• Be healthy
• Be psychologically and mentally stable
• Not smoke
How the Candela Nd does: YAG Laser System work?
In this treatment, the laser pierces the skin and penetrates into the superficial blood vessel. In the treatment of the veins the laser uses a focused beam of light wherein a wavelength of light is targeted to the blood pigment. Heat is generated from the laser which helps to coagulate the blood present inside the vessel. This causes the blood vessel to collapse and seal and within a few weeks the blood vessel will disappear. The scavenging cells will remove all the blood present in the defective veins. Blood will be removed by the body’s scavenging cells. The laser treatment is considered to be very effective as it allows the precise dosage of energy to reach the blood vessel without injuring the nearby structures. These laser treatments allow the delivery of a precise dosage of energy to each blood vessel without injuring any nearby structures.
This treatment procedure takes about 30 minutes. Anesthesia is not required for majority of individuals. But those who anticipate pain will be given topical anesthesia 30minutes prior to the treatment.
The patient may experience a slight tingling sensation when the laser is triggered. The cooling system present at the tip of the Candela Nd: YAG Laser prevents the tip from getting hot and makes you feel absolutely comfortable during the treatment. The patients might also feel a bump on the skin which will slowly disappear within 2 to 4 hours. Redness and bruise may also appear in some patients.
How many Laser Treatments are required?
The number of treatments mainly depends on the number and size of veins. Around two to 6 treatments is required and each treatment requires a gap of 4 to 6 weeks. Individuals with vascular problems might require additional laser treatments to successfully eliminate these veins.
What can be expected after the laser therapy?
Soon after the laser treatment, the blood vessels present underneath the skin will gradually change from a dark blue color to light red. It will eventually disappear within two to six weeks.
Laser Treatment is considered to be very effective for removal of spider veins but cannot be used in the treatment of large varicose veins.