Spider Vein Removal
Spider veins are a natural part of aging for many people. However, not everyone is comfortable having them visible on their face and body. If you are finding that you select your makeup and clothes based on what best hides your spider veins, it might be time to consider treatment.
At our office near Boston Common, laser spider vein removal can comfortably reduce the appearance of visible veins, boosting your confidence and helping you to look younger.
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When to Consider Spider Vein Removal
The most common reasons to get spider vein removal include:
- Reducing the visibility of the veins
- Preventing the veins from becoming larger
- Worrying about your veins to the point that it impacts your confidence
Before Your Spider Vein Removal
Once you schedule your appointment, stop smoking or using any products containing nicotine. As the day of your spider vein removal treatment nears, you will need to stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen and other NSAIDs for 24 to 72 hours before your session. If you are taking antibiotics, contact the office, as your treatment may need to be delayed. For 24 hours before your treatment, stop using lotion, perfume and makeup on the targeted area. It is important to disclose any acne medication you are on as this may need to be discontinued.
Arrive at your appointment wearing comfortable and loose clothing. While you likely will not feel much discomfort after your spider vein removal, tight clothing can cause irritation.
Your Spider Vein Removal Procedure
Laser spider vein removal is an outpatient procedure that we perform in our office — no hospital stay is required. In most cases, it takes less than an hour, though this can vary based on how many areas are being treated.
Your provider will numb the area being treated and use the device’s laser energy to heat the veins. Depending on the size of the veins, this may require a small incision and the insertion of a catheter. The heat causes the vein to close on itself, and over a brief period of time, shrink and be reabsorbed by the body.
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After Your Spider Vein Removal Treatment
You will return home shortly after your procedure. You will need to carefully follow all of our instructions. These may include:
- Using an ice pack to reduce swelling
- Monitoring the treatment site for signs of a negative reaction
- Wearing compression stockings, especially if larger veins were treated
- Walking multiple times a day for at least 20 minutes
- Avoiding hot baths
Your New Look
After your spider vein removal, you can enjoy a more even skin tone and allow the beauty of your skin to shine. Before you know it, you can be enjoying renewed confidence and greater freedom in your wardrobe and makeup.
Spider Vein Removal FAQs
Can I improve spider veins with diet and exercise?
You can improve, but not eliminate, spider veins through a healthier lifestyle. Simply put, healthier circulation will lead to the formation of fewer spider veins. A low-sodium diet and regular, low-impact cardiovascular exercise such as swimming or walking are important components for vein health. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and high-fiber foods has been shown to improve vein health, and can help minimize new veins that form after treatment.
Can spider veins go away on their own?
Spider veins do not resolve themselves once they appear, and in fact tend to get worse/more visible over time without treatment. While they do not pose a serious health risk in most cases, bleeding can occur in older patients, especially those who take blood thinners.
Won’t treating spider veins reduce blood flow?
While it may seem like removing veins would limit blood flow, in fact the opposite is true. Spider veins have restricted blood flow, so when they are treated and removed, your body naturally routes the blood through the remaining healthier veins, thereby improving circulation. Treated spider veins are harmlessly reabsorbed by your body.
Will I need to take time off work?
The laser spider vein removal procedure is performed on an outpatient basis. You should feel good enough to be ready to go back to work the day after your procedure, though some patients prefer to take a day or two off so they can rest and recover.
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