Vein Treatment (Spider Vein Removal) FAQs

What is spider vein removal?

Laser vein therapy is a revolutionary, non-invasive medical technique that uses patented technology to eliminate benign vascular and pigmented lesions.

How does spider vein removal work?

A laser penetrates the skin to raise the temperature of the blood vessel and safely coagulate it without damaging surrounding tissues and skin. Over time, the vessel fades and disappears.

What areas of the body can be treated?

The laser can be used just about anywhere on the body, and usually requires no anesthesia or other treatment. Even sensitive areas such as the nose and cheeks can be treated easily and with minimal discomfort.

Who is a candidate for spider vein removal?

People with small to mid‐sized veins can use laser treatments. Those with large to mid‐sized veins should be treated with injection.

How do newer lasers differ from older ones?

Older, short‐wavelength lasers can be useful for unwanted vessels that are close to the surface of the skin, but may cause extensive bruising. Newer lasers, using longer wavelengths, can reach even blue vessels several millimeters below the skin surface without bruising. While lasers are more effective on light-colored skin, it is now possible to safely treat those with tanned, very dark, or even black skin.

How does laser vein treatment differ from laser hair removal?

When used for hair removal, the laser selectively targets the pigment in hair follicles, causing them to die and eventually fall out of the skin. When used for blood vessel removal, the laser targets the blood in the unwanted vessels, which then die off and are absorbed by the body. Blood flow is re‐directed beneath the skin surface where it should be.