What Causes Spider Veins and How Can I Get Rid of Them?

Spider veins happen to many people. Some causes can be avoided, but spider veins can appear despite our best efforts. Using laser vein removal, Dr. Freda Cobbinah targets and collapses problem veins. Without unsightly spider veins, you can feel more self-confident showing your smooth, clear skin. 

What are Spider Veins?

Spider veins occur most often on the thighs, calves, and ankles, but they can appear in many other places, including the hands. These small, threadlike veins can appear purple, red, or blue, and they can make you feel self-conscious about letting people see your legs. While spider veins should not cause any health problems, many people want to see them disappear. 

What Causes Spider Veins?

Spider veins stem from a variety of factors. Causes of spider veins include:

  • Heredity 
  • Pregnancy
  • Weight changes
  • Hormonal changes
  • Prolonged sitting or standing in the same position

If spider veins run in your family, you have a greater chance of developing them. When the large blood vessels leaving the legs have trouble keeping blood flowing, the pressure can cause small vessels close to the skin to expand. These expanded surface veins are spider veins. 

How Can I Get Rid of Spider Veins?

We offer the Cutera Xeo® and the excel® HR for laser spider vein removal. These two laser systems use a combination of wavelengths to target more spider veins on more skin tones. These highly-targeted wavelengths do not affect the skin cells, but they produce heat when they contact the pigment in a spider vein. This heat causes the spider veins to scar and collapse. Blood stops flowing through the problem vein, and the body will filter away the remaining pigment. 

What is Laser Spider Vein Removal Like?

Treatment sessions take about 30 minutes, making this a fast, effective way to get rid of spider veins. The laser system uses special sapphire tips to cool the skin and keep you comfortable. Dr. Cobbinah will use the wavelengths most appropriate for your skin tone to make sure you achieve the best results. 

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What Results Will I See With Laser Spider Vein Removal?

After a few weeks, you will see the spider veins start to fade as the body removes the pigment. The time needed to fade spider veins varies but can take several months. Once you get rid of these treated spider veins, you should expect not see them again. Blood will reroute to other veins, leaving the treated area looking clear and even-toned. 

Am I a Good Candidate for Laser Spider Vein Removal?

If you have spider veins without an underlying vascular problem, you may make a good candidate for laser vein removal. This non-surgical treatment has minimal downtime and none of the bruising and risk associated with surgical methods

I always feel listened to by Dr. Cobbinah. As a mom, this is important because we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. She reminds me to take care of myself whenever I visit. I typically leave feeling less stressed than before.
Nicole

Is There Any Downtime with Laser Spider Vein Removal?

The skin may look red and feel sensitive for several hours after treatment. You may have minor swelling for a few days. Most people have returned to all their usual activities and recovered completely within a week

Take the Next Step

If you have further questions about Spider Vein Treatment, please call us at (210) 568-7555 or complete our online contact form, and one of our trusted staff members will reach out to you. Essential Med Aesthetics is located in San Antonio, Texas.