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Laser treatment for spider veins: Will it work for me?

Jan 06, 2020
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What are the indications for getting laser treatment for spider veins? A top vascular surgeon answers

If you have spider veins, you would definitely want to get them removed. Getting rid of spider veins can make you look younger, and feel better. When you talk of getting rid of spider veins, laser seems to be the number one option on everyone’s list. But is this the right treatment for you? The following tips should help you answer that!

Laser treatment for spider veins: Where are your veins located?

Laser treatment is a non-invasive method of treating your spider veins. This method utilizes a blue laser light, and the area of your body that has spider veins is merely exposed to this light. The laser energy penetrates the skin and reaches the spider veins, which respond by shrinking in size. This method does not need injections, or any form of injectable medication.

Most vein specialists prefer laser treatment if the spider veins are located on your face or on your feet. There are two main reasons for this. Firstly, the skin over these areas is thin and delicate, so non-invasive therapy would be less risky to use in this location. Secondly, in the face, the veins may communicate closely with veins of the eye and brain. The vein specialist may not want to use therapeutic injections (which is the other alternative), as there is a risk that these injections could be transmitted to these organs.

However, if you have spider veins on your legs, your vein specialist might recommend other forms of treatment over laser therapy.

Laser treatment for spider veins: Are you prepared to sit through three to four sessions?

Laser energy causes the spider veins to shrink, but not completely disappear. You will need at least three to four sessions of laser treatment if you want to shrink the spider veins to the extent that they completely disappear. With a single session, the veins may marginally improve in appearance, but the results are not usually very satisfactory. Keep in mind that you will need to devote not only time, but also an adequate budget for three to four sessions. Most vein clinics charge you for a single session.

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When should you choose other forms of treatment instead?

If your spider veins are on your legs or thighs, you should probably go for an alternate form of treatment, called sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy is actually the first choice for spider vein treatment. Most vein specialists choose laser treatment only when this is contraindicated for any reason.

Sclerotherapy uses a medicated solution that is to be injected directly into the spider vein. This medicated solution, called sclerosant, is designed to irritate the vein lining. The vein walls swell in response, and stick to each other. This cuts off blood flow within the spider vein, and the vein shrinks over time.

Most of the time, you only ever need a single session of sclerotherapy for your spider veins. One session gives you results equivalent to three to four rounds of laser therapy. While the cost for each individual session may be higher with sclerotherapy, you end up spending more for laser treatment (both in terms of time and money) to get the same results.

Apart from sclerotherapy or laser treatment, will I need other treatment for spider veins?

Spider veins are often associated with another vein condition, called chronic venous insufficiency (CVS). In CVS, larger veins of the leg, called the saphenous veins, become inefficient. This means that they no longer transport blood back to the heart properly. Impure blood starts to collect in the leg veins, which expands the veins and increases vein pressure. the excess blood sometimes forces the formation of tiny, defective veins which appear underneath your skin as spider veins.

If you treat only spider veins, and do not address the underlying CVS, chances that that new spider veins will form after some time. So if you have CVS, you will need to get it treated. This is usually done by sealing off the larger leg vein itself. Once this is done, the blood finds its way to deeper, healthier veins, and the problem gets resolved.

Choosing a method of treatment for spider veins is not an easy task – get a vein doctor to help you make this decision!

After reading all of the information above, you may still be unsure of the kind of vein treatment you need. The best thing to do is to put this decision in the hands of an experienced vein doctor. When choosing a treatment plan, a vein doctor takes several factors into consideration:

  • The size of your spider veins
  • The part of your body where the spider veins are located
  • Whether or not you have CVS
  • Your past medical history

So the best course of action would be to fix an appointment with an experienced vein doctor, who can put together a tailored treatment plan for you.

The Vein Treatment Clinic offers state of the art treatment for spider veins and varicose veins. All our doctors are board certified physicians with vast experience in diagnosing and managing vein conditions. VTC offers the latest and most advanced treatment options for vein diseases. With branches in multiple locations, you can easily choose a clinic that is near you! To consult with our vein experts, book an appointment online, or call 855-807-4936.

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Scheduling a consultation with one of our vein treatment experts is one of the best ways to determine the proper resolution for your varicose veins. The treatments can include sclerotherapy, laser or radiofrequency ablation, a medication called Varithena, or procedures such as Venaseal, or Clarivein.

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Dr. Namrata Khimani

Venous specialist | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. While Dr. Khimani treats a variety of patients experiencing varicose vein problems, she also sub-specializes in the treatment of vein disease in women, including those with pregnancy and post-pregnancy related spider and varicose veins.

If you have varicose veins and spider veins, suffer from leg cramps, leg swelling, or restless leg syndrome, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center NYC. Most procedures are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare. Call us and get verified today.

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VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist in Manhattan. He leads the team of vein doctors offering the highest level of care at the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York & New Jersey.

As a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, Dr. Nguyen is considered a top vein expert for developing minimally invasive and customized treatment plans for the many symptoms of venous insufficiency, including leg cramps, skin discoloration on legs, spider vein removal, and restless leg syndrome.

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Dr. Caroline Novak

Venous Specialist | NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Board Certified vein specialist in Paramus and Clifton, NJ. Dr. Novak is well known for continuously performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area. She is committed to developing long lasting relationships with her patients, allowing her to personalize a varicose and spider veins treatment plan that successfully meets her patients' goals.

At her Clifton and Paramus vein clinic, Dr. Novak utilizes the latest and most advanced technology to restore patients back to health without unnecessary surgery, and with minimal to no downtime.

There are a variety of minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options available. Your vein doctor can perform the procedure on-site and have you back on your feet in under an hour.
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Dr. Simon Smith

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Drexel College of Medicine

Dr. Simon Smith is a Board Certified Cardiovascular and Vein Disease Specialist currently serving patients at the Vein Treatment Clinic in Clifton and Wayne, New Jersey.

Dr. Smith is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs. By utilizing advanced vein treatment techniques, Dr. Simon is able to customize a plan specific to each patient, helping them avoid complicated surgeries and unnecessary downtime. With Dr. Simon minimally invasive procedures, patients are able to return to normal activities right after.

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VENOUS SPECIALIST | Yale Medical School

Dr. Faisal Siddiqi oversees all Vein Treatment Centers in New Jersey – ensuring that each patient receives the highest level of care possible for their vein disease. Having received training from Yale Medical School, Dr. Siddiqi proudly offers the latest technology available for spider and varicose vein treatments at his office in Wayne, NJ and Clifton, NJ.

Dr. Siddiqi's work with minimally invasive techniques was recognized by his peers in Castle Connolly’s Top Doctors for 2017 and he was also voted as one of the Top Vein Doctors in New Jersey.

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VASCULAR SPECIALIST | Yale Medical School

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in New York. He is highly sought after for his expertise and excellent outcomes in cardiac surgery, and is now proud to serve the Vein Clinics in Manhattan, NY.

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Dr. Carly Guthrie

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Carly Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. Dr. Guthrie is a double Board-Certified vein specialist, and is regarded as one of the top interventional ultrasonographers in the country. In her years of training and on staff at Harvard, she worked with the top venous specialists in the world, attending some of the most complex cases. Her areas of expertise include radiofrequency ablation using ultrasound guidance, sclerotherapy, phlebectomy, and the newly approved VenaSeal technique for treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins.

Dr. Guthrie is focused on bringing the newest and most-advanced treatments to Southern California in order to decrease recovery times and improve patient satisfaction.

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Dr. Billy Schoenfeld

VENOUS SPECIALIST | Harvard Medical School

Dr. Schoenfeld has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients in his career. He is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy.

Dr. Schoenfeld is focused on introducing new therapies to San Diego, such as the recently FDA-approved VenaSeal procedure for treatment of varicose veins. During his training at Harvard he worked with the best doctors in venous medicine and is now devoted to bringing those state-of-the-art technologies and treatments to Southern California.

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Dr. Calvin Jung

New York University

Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung focuses in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.

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Namrata
Khimani MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Namrata Khimani is a nationally recognized leader in the field of venous medicine. She is an expert in Spider Vein and Varicose Vein Treatment based in New York City. If you have varicose veins or lower extremity pain, come see Dr. Khimani at our Vein Treatment Center New York.
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Michael
Nguyen MD

Triple Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Michael Nguyen is a world renowned and Harvard trained vein specialist, leading the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New York. Dr. Nguyen has been a pioneer in the treatment of varicose veins problems, as well as the many signs of venous insufficiency, including: leg cramps, painful varicose veins, leg swelling, restless leg, and skin discoloration on legs.
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Caroline
Novak MD

Double Certified
Northwestern University
Dr. Caroline Novak is a double Certified spider vein specialist in Paramus & Clifton NJ. She is well known for performing the best treatment for spider veins and varicose vein removal in the New Jersey area.
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Simon
Smith MD

NJ Vein Specialist
DREXEL COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Dr. Simon Smith is the best varicose vein doctor in Wayne, NJ. He is sought after because of his unparalleled skills in RF Ablation, sclerotherapy, and the treatment of skin discoloration on legs.
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Faisal
Siddiqi MD

DOUBLE CERTIFIED
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr. Faisal Siddiqi is the medical director for the Spider & Varicose Vein Treatment Center in New Jersey. Because of his level of expertise in the treatment of spider veins and varicose veins, Dr. Siddiqi is part of the select group of NJ Top Doctors, and he sees patients regularly at the Vein Treatment Center in Wayne and Clifton NJ.
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Juan
Montoya MD

NYC VEIN SPECIALIST
YALE MEDICAL SCHOOL

Dr. Montoya is a Vein Specialist and Vascular doctor in Manhattan. He is considered one of the best spider vein doctors in Manhattan, having successfully restored thousands of patients back to health, by implementing cutting edge treatments such as radiofrequency ablation, VenaSeal, and sclerotherapy for spider veins.
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Carly
Guthrie MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Guthrie is the co-director of the Spider and Varicose Vein Treatment Clinic in San Diego. She is recognized as one of the best varicose vein doctors in SD, and has developed a career specializing in minimally invasive varicose vein treatment options.
Read more >>

Billy
Schoenfeld MD

Double Certified
Harvard Medical School
Dr. Schoenfeld is a specialist in the treatment of venous insufficiency and varicose veins, including ultrasound guided radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, and phlebectomy for spider vein removal. He also has advanced training in ultrasound and venous access, having treated thousands of patients at the Vein Treatment Center in San Diego, CA.
Read more >>

Calvin
Jung MD

NYU MEDICAL SCHOOL
Dr Calvin Jung is the director and clinical trainer for the Vein Clinics of Houston, Texas. Dr. Jung focuses in minimally invasive treatments for spider vein and varicose vein removal. Most vein treatments are covered by major medical insurances, including Medicare.
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