What are Spider Veins and Varicose Veins?

Spider and varicose veins are conditions that appear as visible veins that are just below the surface of your skin. Spider veins, also known as telangiectasia, are harmless and look like fine web-like red, purple, or blue lines. Varicose veins are larger veins that look swollen and may cause discomfort, itching, and other symptoms. Most varicose veins are harmless, but some can indicate deep vein thrombosis. We treat spider and varicose veins with laser therapy to destroy the damaged veins.

Treatment for Spider and Varicose Veins in Newport Beach

Spider and varicose veins are caused by venous insufficiency which describes abnormalities within the vein structure. The tiny valve that helps prevent a backflow of blood does not close properly. As a result, the blood does not return to the heart, and it pools inside the vein. Laser vein treatment breaks down the damaged veins, and your body routes blood through healthy veins. There are many options for removing the damaged veins. In the past, treating varicose veins required a painful medical procedure known as vein stripping. Sclerotherapy is another technique for spider and varicose vein removal. The most advanced option though is using new technologies, such as the Cutera XEO laser.

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Benefits of Laser Vein Removal

Laser vein removal offers many advantages over vein stripping and sclerotherapy. There is significantly less downtime, and the results are much more predictable. Sclerotherapy and laser vein removal are both minimally-invasive treatments, but laser treatments are more effective for varicose veins. The laser energy reduces the risk of scarring, and patients have a shorter recovery compared to sclerotherapy for varicose veins.

Best Candidates for Laser Vein Removal

Laser vein removal is safe and effective for most people. If you have darker skin, this may not be the best treatment option. Certain medical conditions are also factors when determining if laser vein treatment is right for you.  Laser treatments are effective for swollen leg veins, as well as the smaller spider veins that may appear on your legs, face, hands, ankles, and other areas of your body. You should also consider the time that is required to effectively treat damaged veins. Spider vein laser treatments may produce results after one or two treatments, whereas varicose vein laser treatments may require a series of treatments to destroy the vein.

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Procedure for Laser Vein Removal

You should choose an experienced California vein and laser clinic for your treatments to reduce the risk of complications and suboptimal results. At Orange County Plastic Surgery, we use the Cutera XEO laser system to fix spider veins and varicose veins on any part of your body. No incisions are needed for laser vein surgery with the Cutera XEO system. The handpiece is placed on the surface of your skin, and light energy is administered in short pulses. You may notice a slight sensation that feels like a small pinch on your skin. Some patients also notice slight stinging.

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Laser Vein Treatment Aftercare

Once the procedure is completed, we discuss details of your laser vein treatment aftercare. You are required to wear compression stockings during the healing period. After spending a short time in the recovery area of our laser vein clinic, you are released to go home. You may notice some mild swelling, bruising, skin discoloration, and redness.

Recovery After Laser Vein Removal

Recovery from laser vein treatment is fairly brief. You will need to avoid any strenuous activities on the first day. Recovery for spider veins is almost immediate. Varicose vein laser surgery recovery time is typically two to six weeks.

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Possible Complications Associated with Laser Vein Removal

Complications from laser vein removal are rare. The known risks include blood clots, infection, damage to the nerves, bleeding, and permanent skin discoloration. We discuss the potential risks and complications during the consultation to help you make an informed decision about your varicose and spider vein treatment options.

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