Improve Your Appearance and Boost Your Confidence with Laser Spider Vein Treatment
Any self-perceived cosmetic flaws can have a negative impact on your quality of life. Spider veins, although harmless, can cause embarrassment for those who are self-conscious about their appearance. At our Bethesda, MD, plastic surgery practice, Dr. Roger J. Oldham can permanently reduce or eliminate the appearance of these veins through a minimally-invasive laser spider vein treatment. For patients concerned about affordability, our practice has financing options available.
Understanding Spider Veins
Spider veins are clusters of blue or reddish veins that form just below the surface of the skin. Small or large, they typically appear as webs or branches on the legs and face. Although the specific cause is not known, spider veins are often associated with:
- Pregnancy: During pregnancy, fluctuations in your hormone levels can lead to poor circulation, which in turn can cause spider veins.
- Genetics: There is a strong hereditary factor when it comes to spider veins. If other women in your family have them, you have an increased risk of developing spider veins, as well.
- Extended Standing or Sitting: If your job or responsibilities require that you stand or sit for extended lengths of time, spider veins may develop due to increased pressure on the vein walls.
Whatever the specific cause, though, people are often self-conscious about their spider veins. Many will apply makeup or wear clothes with specific hemlines in order to conceal these areas. Fortunately, advanced laser therapy now allows Dr. Oldham to address these problem areas with a simple procedure.
While often a cause of significant discomfort for patients, spider veins are relatively easy to eliminate.
How Does Laser Spider Vein Treatment Work?
Spider vein treatment is a non-invasive procedure that does not require anesthesia, injections, or incisions. At your appointment, Dr. Oldham will apply pulses of light energy on the surface of the skin, directly on the targeted veins. As the skin absorbs the light and heats up, the spider vein will shrink and eventually vanish. Because advanced laser technology is so accurate and precise, there is virtually no chance of blisters or burns. In fact, most patients are not bothered by the heat at all during the procedure.
Treatment times can vary for each individual. However, on average, a session is usually completed in approximately 20 minutes. Depending on the severity of your spider veins, multiple visits may be necessary for long-lasting success. In certain cases, he may recommend other skin treatments to enhance your results.
Recovery and Results
Because the treatment is so gentle, many of our patients resume their routine activities right away. While light bruising and swelling are normal, both typically fade in about one or two weeks. In certain cases, Dr. Oldham may recommend wearing compression stockings after your procedure to alleviate swelling and support the tissues.
Spider vein treatment is a non-invasive procedure that does not require anesthesia, injections, or incisions.
Once the aftereffects have faded, patients can enjoy clearer, rejuvenated skin. One of the most striking benefits of laser treatment is that it effectively and permanently eliminates spider veins. However, this procedure cannot prevent new spider veins from developing. Therefore, if new veins gradually appear, you may require further treatment to maintain your results.
Clear Your Skin Today
If you are looking for a way to eliminate your spider veins, laser treatment may be the solution for you. During a consultation at our practice, Dr. Oldham can determine whether this procedure will address your unique needs. To schedule a visit, call our office at (301) 530-6100 or contact us online anytime.