OK, so we live in the South and spiders live here with us. While no one likes to find a big, fat spider in the basement or under the woodpile, they’re even more detested when they show up on our calves and ankles.
Not the bug-eating variety, the spider vein variety! Yes, these clusters of little red, purple, and blue threadlike veins that are so close to the skin surface that they are easily visible can develop anywhere on the body, but usually show themselves on the legs and face.
At AesthetiSpa, we put our YAG laser on the job of zapping your spider veins into oblivion.
What causes spider veins?
The exact cause of spider veins isn’t known, but there are a number of suspected culprits. Sun damage, pregnancy, hormonal imbalances, weight gain, and occupations where the person has long periods of standing or sitting are all thought to play a part. Genetics also seem to have an effect.
While not physically dangerous in any way, these little squiggly red and blue lines are anything but pretty. They are most prominent around the nose, on the cheeks, and around the chin.
Putting lasers to work
At AesthetiSpa, we match the wavelength in our YAG laser to the hemoglobin in the unwanted vein in a process known as photocoagulation. The laser light energy is selectively absorbed by the hemoglobin, but the real target is the blood vessel wall, which absorbs the heat that occurs from thermal transfer out of the hemoglobin. When this heat hits the vessel wall, it causes the wall to collapse, closing off the vein. Over time, the body absorbs the unused vein and it fades away.
How long does it take to get rid of the veins?
At AesthetiSpa, we usually need 1-3 sessions for a vein to be fully closed off. These treatments are spaced from 4-6 weeks apart. Treatments last only 15 to 45 minutes. Our clearance rates are from 80 to 100%. Laser vein treatments aren’t limited to certain body areas and they are painless.
Are you tired of your obnoxious spider veins? Now is the time to come in to AesthetiSpa and get rid of them. That way your legs will be spider free come the spring and beach season on the beautiful Carolina coast! Call us at 843-849-9925 to schedule your laser vein removal session.