Laser Vein Removal & Vein Treatment in Austin
Although many spider veins throughout the body are often removed through a process called sclerotherapy
, some veins, including facial spider veins are typically too small to be effectively treated in this way. When the veins are small and close to the skin’s surface, laser vein removal is often the most effective treatment.
The laser is used to selectively target and destroy the red coloration of the spider veins without damaging the surrounding tissue.
What to Expect With Laser Vein Removal
The vein treatment procedure is relatively quick, and no anesthesia is required. Afterward, the skin can be noticeably more uniform and natural in appearance. Some momentary discomfort may be associated with the ClearScanTM vascular treatments; however, it varies from patient to patient and depends on the vein treatment.
Typically, topical anesthetics are not used but your clinician will discuss your options to properly manage any discomfort from the treatment. Most often, there should be no prolonged post-treatment discomfort.
During the laser vein procedure, your eyes will be protected with safety shields or glasses. Laser light energy will be delivered precisely to the area of your skin being treated.
You may briefly feel a warm or hot sensation as the laser pulses are absorbed by the unwanted vessels. Your procedure may take a few minutes to half an hour depending on the size of the area to be treated.
What is the Sciton ClearScan Laser?
The Sciton ClearScan laser emits a beam of light that is highly absorptive in hemoglobin or blood. ClearScan allows your Aesthetician to precisely treat visible vessels, broken capillaries, spider veins, vascular lesions and discoloration of your skin by using laser energy.
ClearScan is safe and effective for all skin colors and even suntanned skin, making it the treatment of choice for many patients. Your treatment will be tailored to match your vascular condition and desired result.
How Does Vein Treatment Work?
The ClearScan light is absorbed in the blood that is flowing through the targeted vessel. The absorption converts light into heat energy, which raises the temperature of the blood.
During vein treatment, the heat generated from ClearScan coagulates the blood inside the vessel causing it to collapse and seal. This results in slow elimination of the vascular lesion by the body’s immune system.
What Skin Conditions Can Laser Vein Removal Treat?
Laser vein treatment can be used to help treat:
- Facial and Leg Veins
- Spider Veins
- Broken Capillaries
Where Can You Get Laser Vein Treatment?
Vascular conditions, such as spider veins and telangiectasia, are usually found on the face, thighs, legs, calves, and arms. With ClearScan, all affected skin areas can be treated effectively. Discuss your specific needs with your Vitalogy Medical Spa Aesthetician.
What to Expect After Laser Vein Removal Treatment
The most common side effect of vein removal is discoloration of the vein and bruising, or purpura (purplish discoloration), around the treated area. This will resolve within days after the treatment. Initially, you may have a “cat scratch” like appearance to the treated vessels for 1 – 2 days afterward.
The treated area may also be sensitive to the touch and feel as if there is a slight sunburn in that area. Most redness, swelling, and sensitivity resolve within 2 – 3 days. Your Vitalogy Aesthetician will explain about temporary changes to your skin and how they may be camouflaged.
It is important to follow your Aesthetician’s instructions for aftercare. For treatments in some areas of the body, such as legs, there may be specific instructions. Your skin will be sensitive to ultraviolet light, and you must avoid direct sun exposure. You need to fully cover your treated skin and/or use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 when you go outdoors.
How Soon You’ll See Results After Laser Vein Removal
Some vessels may show visible disappearance immediately while other destroyed vessel’s response may be less visible or lighter in appearance.
Laser vein treatment works by causing the unwanted vessel to collapse, and over a period of time, your body will slowly re-absorb that vessel, similar to a bruise healing. This process can take place over a period of several weeks.
How Many Vein Treatments Do I Need?
Depending on the severity of your vascular condition, multiple treatments may be required. Improvement generally lasts for a number of years, but over time new veins will develop, requiring a touch-up treatment at a later date.
Will insurance cover this procedure?
Laser vein treatments, like other cosmetic procedures, are rarely covered by insurance. If you have any questions, it is best to talk with your insurance provider.
Laser vein removal is available at the Georgetown, San Marcos, and Southwest Austin Vitalogy locations. Click to book an appointment to discuss options today.