Laser therapy performed through the skin is used primarily in the treatment of the smallest of spider veins or broken capillaries on the face. Lasers emit high-energy light that is harmlessly passed through the skin and is absorbed by the red blood cells in the vein, sealing it causing the vein to disappear in a few weeks. A cooling device is used to maximize patient comfort.
The use of through the skin laser technology alone in the treatment of spider veins of the legs produces minimal or no results and is not comparable to the cosmetic success of sclerotherapy.
For certain cases of spider veins on the legs we use a combination of laser and sclerotherapy (laser assisted sclerotherapy) for the most cosmetic results.
Laser-Assisted Sclerotherapy combines advanced painless sclerotherapy with lasers “through” the skin. First, a vein is injected with a sclerosing agent and then the red blood cells of the needle injection site are pulsed with laser energy to further seal the vein. The effects have improved the cosmetic results of sclerotherapy on spider veins. This new treatment method was pioneered at The Vein Treatment Center.