Veins can be found within the nooks and crannies in your wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, and wherever place where blood flows. However, some veins seem to protrude when they usually shouldn’t, especially in areas with thick skin. But thanks to laser spider vein technology, removing these veins is easier than ever.
Understandably, many find the idea of undergoing a procedure to be quite a painful process. But does that thought holds about laser spider vein removal? To find out if the treatment is painful or not, we will explore spider veins, why it happens, if it is painful, and is it worth it?
What Are Spider Veins?
Veins running all over the body are natural, and you can spot them if you look at your skin very close. But what is unnatural is when they protrude and pop up; when this happens, this is called spider veins. Spider veins come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors, and some are red, purple, or dark blue-greenish color—they tend to have interconnected roots, web-like, or spider-like structures, hence the name.
Fortunately, these veins aren’t life-threatening, and nor are they typically manifestations of any illnesses. While often not physically bothersome, they look unappealing, preventing many from wearing certain outfits. Many choose to hide away spider veins by wearing extra clothing to cover them.
Why Do Spider Veins Happen?
Spider veins result when your veins stop functioning as well as they should, either faulty valves or weakening blood vessel walls. These veins may occur and appear all over the body, but you can find most of these veins in the legs or the pelvic areas. Spider veins are more common in women than in men, and their appearance becomes more likely the more we age.
Studies have shown that at least 30-60% of adults have a spider vein existing somewhere in the body. Typically, the arteries and blood vessels bring blood from the heart to the rest of the body, carrying vitamins, minerals, oxygen, and other compounds necessary for life. Once they deliver the essential components, they bring toxic waste to dispose of and work back through their veins to circulate again.
In certain areas, like your legs, the blood has to work against gravity, so your elastic vein walls work extra hard to return the blood to the heart. Tiny valves open can close or open to regulate blood flow and prevent counterflow. However, our veins can grow weak, causing improper valve pulses, making the blood flow backward and pool, causing the veins to stretch and twist.
Potential Causes For Spider Veins
What causes your veins to grow weaker? Several factors can contribute to this event, and here are some of the potential causes.
- Standing all day at work
- Hormonal changes
- History of blood clots
Complications From Spider Veins
You can live fine with spider veins, but they can be aesthetically unappealing. However, in some circumstances, spider veins can cause aches and cramping. Other complications caused by spider veins can include tingling, heaviness, and throbbing.
In severe cases, others experience ulcers, swelling, and skin darkening due to spider veins. Fortunately, these severe complications are rare, but menstruation and pregnancy increase the risks of these severe complications from occurring.
You can avoid these complications by addressing them through laser vein removal technology.
Laser Spider Vein Removal
Laser applications are nothing new in aesthetic treatments. Laser treatments are gaining popularity because they can access deep skin layers without touching and affecting other skin layers. You won’t have to experience incisions or injections, nor will any tool touch your skin, resulting in quicker downtime and recovery.
The idea behind laser spider vein removal is similar, except the laser for this treatment involves using a 1064 LP laser wavelength. This wavelength specifically addresses spider veins—other skin layers and components remain untouched.
Through the specific wavelength, it penetrates the veins and changes their complexion. After a single session, you can visibly see the shrinking of your spider veins. Results are quick, and the procedure is easy, and that’s why many opt for this option.
What Happens During The Treatment?
The treatment begins with a consultation. Your provider will tell you what the procedure involves and what you can expect from it. Next, they will examine where these spider veins are located to know how they can best approach treating it. Finally, they will book an appointment on the day of your choosing.
As for the procedure, your provider flashes the spider vein with lasers. The device looks like a bar code gun reader attached to a machine with a wire, so it’s versatile and can address spider veins in different body areas. The lasers are flashing, so there will be intervals between the flashing.
The entire procedure can take 30-60 minutes, and the time duration can depend on how many spider veins need addressing.
Is Laser Spider Vein Removal Painful?
The good news is that the laser treatment isn’t that painful. In fact, the procedure is not painful because your provider is applying numbing creams—this is not the case. Laser spider vein removal isn’t that painful because it’s simple flashes of light hitting you. There’s no way a light from a flashlight can hurt you that much, so the same idea translates here.
You will experience a small degree of pain, similar to a sunburn. Rest assured, that’s the maximum pain you will have. After a few days, the pain should go away, just like how your skin recovers from sunburns.
If you are experiencing pain from spider veins, there’s no reason to be hesitant regarding this treatment. Slight sunburn-like pain is a minute sacrifice to pay compared to enduring aches, throbbing, and cramping for a lifetime. Unless you are concerned about the price, you shouldn’t be.
A laser treatment that removes the troubles of spider veins only costs $75 per 15 minutes. Again, a minute price to pain compared to a lifetime of pains.
Laser spider vein removal is a worth option even though you may experience sunburn-like pains. Compare that to a lifetime of potential troubles; it’s very much worth it. So if you are interested, contact our clinic, Cheeky Medspa. We offer services that help our clients address wellness concerns.