Spider Veins

May 3, 2019

Spider veins, especially, are a common appearance as we age. It’s not a huge cause for concern, and spider veins aren’t necessarily painful, but they can be unsightly confidence killers.

The good news is that you can do something about your spider veins, and it doesn’t have to be a big deal!

What causes spider veins?

There are a number of things that can cause spider veins. Common causes include:

  • Pregnancy – when you’re pregnant, the amount of blood in your body increases and causes the veins to enlarge.
  • Age – as we age, so our valves in the veins weaken.
  • Hormones – hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy, puberty, and menopause, as well as taking certain progesterone or estrogen medications and birth control pills can result in spider veins.
  • A sedentary lifestyle.
  • A family history of spider veins.
  • Sun exposure – too much time in the sun can lead to spider veins on the nose or cheeks, especially if you’re fair-skinned.
  • Obesity puts extra pressure on your veins.
  • Standing or sitting for prolonged periods of time or sitting with your legs crossed too often.

Spider veins are an inflammatory process, so they can be painful. The veins get stretched out and dilated, and that means they send local inflammatory messages to your brain, resulting in pain and swollen legs.

Thanks to laser therapy, you can minimize the appearance of your spider veins.

How laser therapy helps with spider veins

When spider veins are still superficial and relatively small, lasers like ClearScan can be set to precisely target the pigment in your veins. This causes the blood to coagulate, destroying the veins.

It’s a quick and fairly painless movement that feels a little like a rubber band snapping against your skin. Depending on how many veins must be treated and the density of each vein, a session can take anywhere from just 15 minutes up to an hour.

ClearScan

If your spider veins are sore or simply unsightly, it’s time to have them removed. ClearScan can help restore the color and tone of your skin. The laser treatment works to gently eliminate visible vascular structures and broken capillaries from the skin’s most upper surface.

The laser energy heats up those unwanted vessels, making them a whole lot less noticeable, or removing them completely.

Here’s what happens during a treatment

When you arrive for a ClearScan procedure, you’ll receive safety glasses or shields to protect your eyes. Next, laser energy is delivered to the area of the skin that requires treatment.

You might feel a brief hot or warm sensation as the laser pulses are absorbed by your spider veins.

How long your treatment will take all depends on the size of the area being treated.

Recovering After ClearScan spider vein laser removal

Healing time depends on the treatment. In most instances, there is no downtime and you can carry on with your day right away. You may experience a little redness after your treatment, but this subsides within a few hours.

Fast-Acting treatment for fast results

Some spider veins disappear immediately with laser treatment, while other destroyed vessels may become lighter or simply less visible in appearance.

The laser treatment works to collapse the unwanted vessels, so over a period of time, your body will naturally re-absorb the vessels, the same way you heal from bruises.

The process can take around several weeks.

You may need several treatments

How many treatments you will need also depends on the severity of your spider veins, and you may require several treatments for success.

Improvement lasts for a number of years at a time, but new veins may develop over time, which means you’ll need to book a touch-up treatment as necessary.

Preventing spider veins

Of course, once you get rid of your spider veins, you’ll want to prevent more developing.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Avoid sitting or standing for longer periods
  • Elevate your legs when you’re resting
  • Avoid crossing your legs when you’re sitting
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothing around your legs and waist

Spider veins can be sore, and they can certainly knock your confidence. But thanks to ClearScan laser treatments, they can be removed quickly and effortlessly!

Book your ClearScan treatment today at ENVY Skin Clinic.

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