What Is Laser Vein Removal?
Laser vein removal helps treat the appearance of unwanted spider veins and broken capillary veins on the face and legs. At EllEve Med Spa, we use an Nd:YAG laser, which uses safe, gentle non-ablative laser technology. This means that it does cut or burn the top layer of skin away, which leads to better results: skin that looks and feels fresh and smooth.
Varicose Veins vs. Spider Veins – What’s the Difference?
One major difference is where they appear; spider vines usually appear on the face and legs, while varicose veins are almost always found on the legs. Another major difference is appearance. Spider veins are typically small, thin, and crooked, appearing as blue, red, or purplish just beneath the skin surface. Varicose veins, on the other hand, are raised and swollen as they twist across the skin surface due to vein blockages.
Why Is Laser Vein Removal Necessary If It’s Not a Serious Condition?
To be honest, laser vein removal is rarely necessary due to health reasons. However, for many people with serious conditions on their face or legs, it can make social situations uncomfortable. Many people don’t wear the clothes or shoes they want because of the appearance of their skin. Because vein removal helps improve the appearance of the skin, it helps people become more confident and feel better about themselves.
Does Laser Vein Removal Treatment Cause Pain?
Everyone tolerates pain differently, but typically, laser vein removal causes only minimal discomfort for most patients, as it’s most likened to a tiny pinprick or the snap of a rubber band against the skin. Another common refrain is that the initial treatment is the most uncomfortable, with subsequent sessions less and less so. Typically, this is because there are more problem veins to target in the first session, which means more energy is absorbed into your skin. To ensure maximum comfort, a cooling gel pad can be applied before or after treatment.
How Long Does A Single Laser Vein Removal Session Take?
It can take as little as 15 minutes or as much an hour, depending on the extent of the treatment area. For example, treatment on smaller areas may take under 30 minutes, while for a larger area, it may take up to an hour.
Is Vein Removal Permanent?
While a laser vein removal treatment is no guarantee of permanent vein removal, it does dramatically reduce the number of problem or undesired veins.
How Many Laser Vein Removal Sessions Are Needed?
It depends on factors like your aesthetic goals and the extent of your vein condition. In many cases, a single session can address up to 80% of problem veins, but results vary. The likely treatment plan is 2-3 sessions every 4-6 weeks to get the results you want. That’s why it’s crucial to consult with the laser vein removal specialists at EllEve to find out your goals and vein condition.
Is There Any Downtime from Laser Vein Removal?
In most cases, there is little to no recovery time, and most patients resume their daily schedule immediately. There likely will be mild swelling, tenderness, redness, and irritation around the treatment site for 1-2 weeks, as if you have a mild sunburn. Topical lubricants and steroid creams can help the healing process.
Should Excessive Sun Exposure Be Avoided after Laser Vein Removal?
Yes. You should avoid the sun as much as possible for the first week post-procedure, as it could lead to poor healing and recovery, possible scarring, and hyperpigmentation. If you must be exposed to the sun for too long, you should minimize it by applying sunscreen on treated areas and/or wearing clothes or a hat to shade your skin.
What Are the Side Effects of Laser Vein Removal?
Laser vein removal may cause side effects like redness, skin irritation, swelling, and tenderness on the treated area(s), like you would feel with a mild sunburn. Typically, these fade within 1-2 weeks.
How Long Do Results Last from Laser Vein Removal Treatments?
In general, you can expect results of smooth, clear skin for up to 2 years, with 1-2 touch-up sessions per year to maintain results.
Are Laser Vein Removal Treatments Effective on All Skin Types?
Yes, laser vein removal treatments are effective on all skin types and colors.
Which Body Areas Are Most Commonly Addressed by Laser Vein Removal?
The most common areas include:
- Upper body
Is It Safe to Have Laser Vein Removal Treatments On the Face?
Yes, laser vein removal treatments are safe for spider veins and broken capillaries on the face, particularly those around the nose. Current laser technology is sufficiently advanced that it’s not only safe but also quick, successful, and relatively less painful than past types of procedures, such as injections.
How Does Laser Vein Removal Compare with Sclerotherapy?
Although sclerotherapy is a very effective way to remove most leg veins, the procedure is not always able to reach the smaller veins that you want to be removed. This means that you may have to undergo laser vein removal in addition to your sclerotherapy treatment.
Contact EllEve Med Spa to Find Out More
You don’t have to put up with unwanted, unsightly veins. At EllEve Med Spa, we have over 20 years of combined experience in laser vein removal combined with the latest state-of-the-art laser devices. Plus, we have the personal touch to deliver the customized solutions you’re looking for.
Contact EllEve Med Spa to find out if laser vein removal is right for you.
For more information on procedures and treatments at EllEve Med Spa please contact us at (747) 777-5007 in Woodland Hills California.
Located in Woodland Hills a neighborhood in the city of Los Angeles in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles County. We welcome all patients from Calabasas, Canoga Park, Hidden Hills, Pacific Palisades, Reseda, Tarzana, Topanga, West Hills, Winnetka and other surrounding communities of Los Angeles, California.