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What Are Spider Veins?

Laser vein removal is an ideal spider vein treatment, but many people wonder what spider veins are and what causes them to develop in the first place.

Spider veins are vessels that are extremely close to the skin’s surface, making the blood inside easy to spot through the thin, outermost layers of tissue. While the factors that contribute to the look of spider veins are complex, the problem is often associated with improper vein function that creates “dead ends” and allows small amounts of blood to sit instead of moving along. Veins can swell as a result, growing larger and more noticeable as their walls thin.

Conditions and life events that impact the typical flow of blood through the circulatory system—such as pregnancy or long periods of inactivity—can cause spider veins to form. Sun exposure, which pelts the skin with damaging ultraviolet radiation, can worsen the problem, as can age, genetics, and gaining or losing weight.

How Does Laser Vein Removal Work?

The Cutera Xeo laser vein removal system delivers pulses of light energy into the skin, which generates heat and causes the sluggish blood inside unwanted veins to coagulate. This “gums up” and damages the vessel, sealing it off from the rest of the circulatory system and leading to its reabsorption by the body. Blood will then be redirected to veins deeper below your skin’s surface, where it should be flowing anyway.

Cutera Xeo laser vein removal quickly, safely, and effectively treats a broad range of vessels, from tiny spider veins to superficial blue reticular veins. Patients with dark or light skin can experience optimal results with minimal bruising or blistering.

Patients often find that one or two laser vein removal treatments are all they need to get their desired results. However, the number of necessary laser vein removal treatments depends on the number, color, and size of the vessels being treated. Since individual results vary, the John Bull Center team will assess you during a consultation and discuss your specific condition and expected treatment plan with you.

Most patients experience a stinging sensation during their laser vein removal treatment, as the pulses of energy are delivered into the skin. Although no local anesthesia or pain medication is typically required, many patients opt to use a topical anesthetic prior to their laser vein removal session. The Cutera Xeo device also has a cooling plate that not only protects the skin, but cools it down to keep patients comfortable. Following the treatment, there is typically no pain.

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What Laser Vein Removal Results Can I Expect?*

Most laser vein removal patients find that the majority of their treated veins have shown significant improvement within two to six weeks of their session. The final results, however, may not be apparent for several months. Over time, it is possible for new spider veins to appear in treated areas, but these can be removed with a new treatment session.

What Is the Recovery Process Like After Laser Vein Removal?*

Although many patients report few—if any—side effects from laser vein removal, there may be some slight reddening and local swelling of the skin. These effects typically last for less than 24 hours.

Some patients may experience bruising and, in rare instances, blistering. We can discuss more about the benefits and risks of laser vein removal treatments during your consultation.

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*Individual Results May Vary

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