No one likes aging. Well, maybe your three-year-old, who thinks adults get to stay up all night and do everything fun after he or she goes to bed. Little do they know, of course, that most of us adults can’t wait to go to bed! Otherwise, aging doesn’t have many fans.
One of the unfortunate visual signs shows up on our legs in the form of purple, blue, and red squiggly lines coursing about. They can make you avoid wearing shorts or even taking the kids to the beach for fear of donning a swimsuit and showing the world your…spider veins.
Ugh. Spider veins are ugly and annoying. Though usually not painful, they are a pain, and you want to be rid of them. Fortunately, our AesthetiSpa team is expert in eradicating spider veins with our YAG laser treatments.
What causes spider veins?
Veins are the routes for the blood to return to the heart. And sometimes they have a real fight with gravity. This is especially true in the legs, where the blood needs to go directly up the leg. As we age, the strength of the support tissues and even of the veins themselves can diminish. This can cause the blood to back up and pool in spots. This shows itself in spider and varicose veins. Because spider veins are just below the surface of the skin, they are very visible. Varicose veins are usually larger and deeper.
What is laser therapy?
At AesthetiSpa, the way we deal with those unwanted purple squiggly lines is to direct laser energy onto them. Your AesthetiSpa esthetician first sets the laser wavelength to match the color of the targeted vein. Then the laser energy is directed onto the skin. The light energy penetrates the epidermis and is absorbed by the spider vein, where it converts to heat. This heat collapses the vein wall and closes it off.
Treating spider veins with sclerotherapy can cause some bruising. This isn’t true with laser treatment. Depending on the number of veins you had treated, we will likely have you wear compression stockings for two weeks during waking hours. This compression improves your results, so most veins need only one treatment session to disappear.