SPIDER VEIN LASER TREATMENT
Are you unhappy with the sight of spider veins on your body? At Bare Element we are able to use our long pulsed YAG Laser to safely and effectively remove these unsightly veins. Laser vein treatment is one of the most flexible and noninvasive treatment options available. In fact, this is often the preferred treatment method for facial spider veins. The laser creates a gentle pulse that destroys the blood vessels, causing the vein to shrink and eventually disappear over time.
Pricing Is Listed Per Session- The Average Client Will Need Between 2-3 Treatments
Small Area (Less than 2in x 2in) $200
Two Small Areas (Less than 2in x 2in) $250
Medium Area (Larger than 2in x 2in) $250
Large Area or more than one Medium/Large Area Starting at $299
A complimentary consult will be included in your appointment. You will be informed of the total cost prior to treatment. As long as you’re a candidate for treatment based on our evaluation, treatment will be performed during the same appointment. *Results vary based on each individual.
FAQ About Spider Vein Laser Treatment:
What areas of the body can be treated?
We are able to treat facial and leg spider veins. *We cannot treat spider veins behind the knee or on the feet.
How many treatments are needed?
It depends on:
The desired degree of blood vessel reduction
The area being treated
Medications, (prednisone can increase superficial blood vessel growth)
Typically, one or three treatments are needed for significant improvement of spider veins. Treatment can be done every 6 weeks on the face, and every 2-3 months on the legs.
What will happen on treatment day*?
Other than your regular skin care routine, there is no standard preparation for this procedure. There are no restrictions on what you may eat or drink prior to your appointment.
Please shave the areas to be treated before you come in for treatment. Excess dark hair above the surface of the skin absorbs and wastes laser energy, and reduces the amount of energy that reaches the undesired blood vessels. Excess hair above the surface of the skin also increases the chance of burning or irritating the skin.
When you come for treatment, it is important not to wear any makeup over the area being treated because makeup can absorb laser energy. This could interfere with treatment, or even cause overheating of the skin surface and blistering. Makeup can be re-applied immediately after the laser treatment.
After all of your last minute questions have been answered and paperwork handled, the areas you wish to have treated will be cleansed and pre treatment photos may be taken. The length of the procedure itself can range from a few minutes for a few spider veins to an hour or more for very extensive blood vessels on the thighs and lower legs.
Does it hurt?
The laser emits only light. You may feel a tingling or snapping sensation like a rubber band. There is no bleeding and no open wound is created. Some people find the FIRST laser treatment more uncomfortable than subsequent treatments. Maybe this is because there are more blood vessels which are destroyed during the first treatment; and perhaps also because some people are more apprehensive during the first treatment, because they are not sure of what to expect. While some areas of the body like the nose are more sensitive than others, many patients report little or no discomfort. If there is unusual discomfort, please let us know so that we can apply more cooling or adjust the settings on the laser.
What will happen after treatment of spider veins with laser*?
Redness often has faded greatly by the next day. It would not be uncommon for the skin to be slightly drier that evening and to require more moisturizing cream.
The treated veins, in particular on the legs, may appear slightly more obvious or a bit darker for the next week or two. Occasionally on the legs, less frequently on the face, there can be isolated superficial bruising which generally resolves within a week or two on the face, or several weeks on the legs without needing any treatment.
Why do the blood vessels sometimes look more obvious for several weeks after treatment?*
After the blood vessels are treated with laser energy, they sometimes swell up slightly, and the body moves in to begin the job of removing the treated vessels. Sometimes portions of the vessels will seal off immediately, and a bit of blood stays behind in the treated vessels, causing temporary red or purple coloration. If this happens, the blood in the vessels is usually reabsorbed along with the vessels themselves by the body over a period of several weeks to a couple of months on the legs, without needing any additional treatment.
Are there any restrictions on my activity after treatment of spider veins with laser?
Since the laser does not burn or cut the skin in any way, no bandages are necessary. You can return to work the same day and resume all your regular activities. To reduce the chance of uneven tanning in the treated area, you should minimize sun exposure and tanning for a week or two after treatments.
DO no go tanning or use self-tanning for at least two weeks before treatment. A fresh tan can interfere with the effectiveness.
Please do not wear makeup on the areas to be treated. Makeup absorbs laser energy, and less energy will reach your unwanted blood vessels. Blistering may also occur.
Please shave the areas to be treated the day before treatment or on the morning of treatment. Excess hair above the surface of the skin absorbs and wastes laser energy, and reduces the amount of energy that reaches the unwanted blood vessels where it is really needed. Excess hair above the surface of the skin also increases the chance of burning or irritating the skin.
Redness often has faded within a day or two. It would not be uncommon for the skin to be slightly drier that evening and to require more of your favorite moisturizer. The treated spider veins may appear slightly more obvious for the next week or two, but this is seldom a cosmetic problem.
Try to avoid tanning for two weeks after treatment, because occasionally the tan could be somewhat irregular (lighter and/or darker in the treated areas.) If you plan to be exposed to sun use SPF45 or higher sun block.
You do not need to purchase support stockings or special creams, and there is no special routine for you to follow.
Blistering or scaling after laser removal of blood vessels is very rare, but usually resolve over a few days or a week with a bit of Aquaphor several times a day. Please call us if this happens, or if you have any other problems or questions.
Can I be treated if I’m pregnant?
Treatment is not recommended during pregnancy or while the mother is breast-feeding.
Once treated, will my veins reappear?
We cannot treat your predisposition to develop varicose or spider veins, so new veins may reappear in the same area or in other areas within next few years. Usually a touch-up treatment to remove new veins will be needed every 1-3 years.*
Can I use my healthcare savings card to pay for this service?
No, Spider veins are considered cosmetic problems and are not covered by most of the medical insurances.
What causes spider & varicose veins?
Heredity, or genetic predisposition to weak vein walls and vein valves, is the main reason why varicose and spider veins develop. This means that there is a 60-80% chance that someone in your family already has vein problems. There are also contributing factors that can accelerate the progression of the disease, including pregnancy, birth control pills, lack of exercise, prolonged sitting or standing, and even obesity. The aging process increases the likelihood of varicose and spider veins.