Creeped Out by Spider Veins? See How Lasers Can Help

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Spider veins, those small, web-like veins that can appear on the legs, face and other areas of the body, are a common concern for many people. While they typically do not pose significant health risks, they can be a source of self-consciousness and discomfort. 

Fortunately, advancements in laser technology have made it possible to effectively treat spider veins, offering a non-invasive solution to restore smooth, clear skin. In this guide, our laser specialists explain the causes of spider veins and how lasers work to treat them.

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins, medically referred to as telangiectasias, are not actually veins, but capillaries and other types of small blood vessels. They show up on your skin when those blood vessels become weakened or damaged near the surface of the skin, resulting in the spidery appearance you see on your skin. 

While researchers still don’t know the exact reasons why this happens, it appears that factors like genetics, hormonal changes, sun exposure, obesity, aging and trauma or injury can contribute to the development of spider veins.

How Do Lasers Treat Spider Veins?

At Simply Smooth Laser Center, we use the GentleMax Pro® laser to effectively remove unsightly spider veins and other skin imperfections. This innovative laser treatment combines two different types of lasers: the Alexandrite and nd-YAG lasers. This dual-action technology enhances results, speeds treatment time and is gentle enough for both light and dark skin tones. 

Laser vein treatments like GentleMax Pro work by emitting laser energy that is absorbed by the pigment in the targeted spider veins. The laser energy then heats and destroys the damaged spider veins, eliminating their appearance from your skin. 

Most people see the best spider vein treatment results after a series of 2 to 4 laser treatments, though the exact number of treatments you may need can vary. During your consultation, our laser specialist will assess the location and severity of your spider veins and recommend a customized treatment plan based on your specific needs.

Spider Veins vs. Varicose Veins: What’s the Difference?

Spider veins and varicose veins are often confused, though it is important to distinguish between the two, as their treatment approaches can differ. Spider veins are small, superficial blood vessels that typically do not cause medical problems. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are larger, swollen and often twisted veins that can cause discomfort, pain and other medical issues. 

Laser treatments are generally more effective for spider veins, while varicose veins may require other treatment methods, such as sclerotherapy.

How Do I Know If Laser Vein Treatment Could Be Right for Me?

If you’re considering laser vein treatment, the first step is to determine whether you have true spider veins or varicose veins. Our laser specialists can evaluate your veins and provide a thorough assessment to identify the type of vein issue you’re experiencing. If you do have true spider veins and are bothered by their appearance, you could be a good candidate for laser vein treatments.

For more information about laser spider vein treatment or to schedule a consultation to see if it could be right for you, call our Tampa office at 813-877-8067 or get in touch with us online.