Spider veins are small, twisted veins that appear close to the surface of your skin, though they don’t create the outward lumpiness that comes with varicose veins. Spider veins most often develop in your legs and on your face and aren’t necessarily dangerous, though they do pose a cosmetic concern.
Spider veins in your legs often form as a result of problems with the blood flow in your legs. As your heart circulates blood throughout your body, it relies on your arteries to deliver the blood and your veins to return the blood to your heart. To aid in this journey back up to your heart, the veins in your legs are equipped with tiny valves that shut off as the blood passes through to keep it from slipping backward. If these valves wear down, it can lead to pooling, which is what creates spider and varicose veins.
The spider veins that develop in your face, however, are more often a result of exposure, especially to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. These rays enlarge your blood vessels and draw them closer to the surface of your skin. Other factors contribute to facial veins, such as hormones and rosacea, and we can tackle all of them with our innovative Cynosure laser system.
The laser answer
While the medical use of laser technology isn’t exactly new, recent refinements in how the laser energy is delivered have allowed us to treat a variety of conditions in your skin because we can adjust the depth and power of the laser energy. To tackle spider veins, we rely on Cynosure’s light energy to constrict the blood vessels, making them less visible. This energy destroys these wayward veins and your body comes in and flushes them out naturally, leaving you with smooth skin.
If you’re concerned that these treatments will affect your circulation, rest assured that if these veins are active, your blood quickly reroutes through healthier blood vessels deeper in your tissue.
The many benefits of laser
As we mentioned above, laser technology is highly adjustable, which means we use just the right wavelength to target and destroy your spider veins without harming the surface area of your skin. The laser light passes through your skin and targets the blood vessels below, leaving no trace of the treatment.
And because our Cynosure treatments are noninvasive, there’s no downtime afterward, which means you’re free to get on with your day after your 30-minute Cynosure session. We recommend that our clients undergo a series of treatments for best results — we figure out a more precise timeline when we sit down with you to review the extent and location of your spider veins.
Your results are gradual as you progress through your treatments and your body responds. About 6-12 weeks after your final Cynosure treatment, you’ll be rewarded with skin that looks more like a blank canvas than a roadmap.
If you’d like to explore how we can reduce the pesky spider veins on your legs and face, please give us a call. Or you can use the online scheduling tool to set up an appointment.