Spider veins are small clusters of broken capillaries and little reticular veins. These broken or faulty veins are called spider veins due to their undesirable appearance – bluish clusters that spread out like spider legs. Spider veins are caused by a number of factors that include overexposure to the sun, hormones, pregnancy, genetics and the natural aging process. Unlike varicose veins, which are painful and pose serious health risks, spider veins are more benign, posing little or no health risk. Despite the fact that they are safe, many people who have spider veins dislike the unsightly, spidery clusters and desire removal of the veins. Since spider veins appear most commonly on the face and legs, they are hard to cover up in the summer. Shorts, dresses and bathing suits reveal the legs and give spider veins little room to hide – the main reason that sufferers look for removal methods.
To restore beautiful, healthy looking legs – as well as the confidence to wear summer clothing – spider vein sufferers are turning to laser vein removal. Laser spider vein removal is a quick, painless process that permanently eliminates the faulty veins. Spider vein removal with lasers can be performed almost anywhere on the body, including on the face. The vein removal procedure is non-invasive and consists of a few targeted laser pulses at the unwanted veins. The laser closes off the inefficient spider veins, enabling the blue color to fade away. Patients who have spider vein removal see lasting results after one to three treatments.